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How did you get into Programming?

Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:44 PM

Excuse me if this is the wrong sub-forum for this kind of question, but I'm pretty sure it's alright.

I just want to know how various members of the community got into programming.
As for me I have always enjoyed video games and mathematics. I heard that video games require a lot of mathematics to develop or something like that, so I thought why don't I learn how to make video games. I then proceeded to learn Java, yet I haven't been working on any projects just yet. I am only studying and learning for now.

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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:03 PM

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Myself I was just walking down the street one day and a guy called me over to a nearby alley. Reluctantly I followed because he offered candy and puppies. But anyways, he then proceeded to tell me about how he was from the future where the world was run by computers, how pizza could be ordered on a global network right to my door and how his DeLorean was actually crowd funded on this computer called "kickstarter" and that he actually open sourced it (whatever that meant at the time) on another server called "github". I proceeded to ask what a "git" was and why it needed a "hub", but before I could finish he slapped me upside my head.

Anyways, he said that in order to change the world in my favor and scoop up a lot of chicks in the process, I should learn to create these machines through programming. Being that I was young I scoffed at him as some crack pot but then he grabbed me by the arm and looked in my eyes with this fierce look and said "Heed my words boy! When you see these machines start talking to one another over the 'Internet' you be sure to remember what I told you and learn to program! You and the fate of n00bs everywhere depend on it!"

Of course I was like "What the hell is a n00b?" but whatever, I walked away with a puppy and several years later I saw the US created ARPAnet and later it turned into the "Internet". Suddenly everything he said came rushing back to me. He was right! So I started selling Cocaine so that I could get enough money to afford a computer and a few text books and began programming.

Now here I am. Programming like I am to save all you people and the world. The old man in the trench coat with no pants was right! CARPE DIEM!

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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 15 May 2014 - 03:22 PM

Aw man, that beats my origin story in so many ways it isn't even funny.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

It was sort of like Rickey Bobby, but with a computer & a compiler instead of Nascar.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 04:56 PM

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 05:21 PM

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For me it was an innocent experiment. See I was down on my luck as a door to door Kirby vacuum salesman, and was feeling miserable and lonely. My money dried up where even the washed up, and dried out, ladies of the night wouldn't comp me time. I was on the curb near a movie theater closing down, and came across a life sized cutout of a DeLorean and a lab coat.

Being industrious I figured I could work an angle at least get some company, or maybe start up a confidence scam. I found a decent set of alley ways where I would whistle at marks walking down the street and offer them puppies and candy for a moment of their time. (Really just manged rabbits and dusty candy stolen from an old folks home).

The stories I told would become more elaborate while my reward became a more and more certain lock. People are suckers for a man from the future.

At the height of my sexually deviant scam I called over this one chap. Not a bad fellow, a bit geeky, but had a purty mouth. Maybe it was the fermented bottle of Boones, garbage Chinese, or the oppressive sun, but I was in a fevered pitch. Yammering about computers, globally linked pizzas, my "kickstarter" campaign for goat-scroat soled shoes, and total ro'bits taking over shit. This guy was gobbling it up (like he would, soon, my n00b), and totally bought the greasy cardboard DeLorean was my car. I was about to seal the deal, and the most unfortunate thing happened.

Sadly, this twerp conked me on the head, stole one of my manged rabbits, and set my sandwich bag shoes on fire. I came to in a terrible way, but EMS was there to get me to the hospital. After my recovery I thought I should look up the jackass alley kid and thank him for setting me on the path to self healing and recovery by making me commit to the hospital. That, and to a lesser degree, he certainly should be aware of the horrible diseases those rabbits carried - including several remarkably virulent STDs transmitted by their fleas.

I never did find that kid, but I went off into the country and founded my own winery. Through happenstance, and renting out my winery for a series of after-hours german porno shoots, I was the first gentleman to digitize adult photos. I sold the winery and have made my way forth as a digital porn pioneer. As I've been known to say - carpe noctem!
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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 15 May 2014 - 06:35 PM

I'll tell you all about that fateful summer. The summer of the PCs. I was a mere 8 years old, practically a console by computer standards. My parents private jet crashed in New Jersey's fabled Pine Barrens, minutes after takeoff from Newark Airport. Miraculously, I survived. My parents were not so fortunate. When I came to I was surrounded by the most enchanting personal computers. In time they took me in as one of their own, they became my foster parents. These were the halcyon days, at play with my computer brethren. I learned the mysterious secrets of their ancient ways, learning as their own young do on a steady diet of VB - thus assuring my deprecation to this day.

Then, one fateful morning in September - I remember because it was right around my birthday - I was ecstatic by autumn's approach because it would mean less need to make up excuses to stay with my computers. I awoke and looked for my PC family, but I couldn't find them. I searched for days but no sign of them. It was like losing my parents all over again, only much quieter.

So I wandered to the nearest highway, took the first bus to New York and claimed a fat inheritance!
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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:07 AM

If you had ever opened the box to your Commodore 64 that you received as a Christmas present, grabbed the spiral-bound tome that was the manual and opened it, you wouldn't need to ask this question.
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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:17 AM

I never got a Commodore 64 for Christmas :(/>

unless you count my grandpa who called himself the Commodore and was 64, he always gave me his special gift on Christmas

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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:50 AM

I started programming as part of an elaborate scheme to further the feminist agenda.
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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:30 AM

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started doing it to bang feminists.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:51 AM

A good twist on the ol' "I wish I was queer so I could get chicks" routine. Kudos.
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Re: How did you get into Programming?

Posted 16 May 2014 - 12:03 PM

View PostCharlieMay, on 16 May 2014 - 08:07 AM, said:

If you had ever opened the box to your Commodore 64


Gack! Infidel! My shiny Atari 800, a thing of incomparable 8-bit beauty, farts in your general direction! ;) Got that for my birthday. The floppy drive ( yes, not tape drive ) was for xmas: it was roughly the size of a toaster.

I got into programming because it was more fun that a Rubik's cube ( yeah, I'm that old. ) It was also a pretty good sign you were already a social pariah, so only hard core nerds, the ones who would be so judged anyway, would touch the things.

I don't know for sure when computers because socially acceptable. It probably has something to do with money.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 01:35 PM

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View Postsupersloth, on 16 May 2014 - 02:30 PM, said:

started doing it to bang feminists.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:42 AM

:tooth: I want to hack the planet !
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