How did you start coding?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by wonder, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. wonder

    wonder Expert Licensed User

    My uncle used to make simple games, such as "Hangman" for the ZX Spectrum back in the late 80's. When I was 11, back in 1994, he taught me BASIC (Turbo Basic) and my life changed ever since. :)
  2. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    For the ZX spectrum I used to get a magazine like today's PC Gamer I guess, it had code samples that you typed out to do really basic functions. I'd spend hours copying the lines of code only to find it didn't work because of several dozen typo's. There were also plenty of occasions were the actual magazine contained the typo and the following week a correction was submitted.
    After leaving school I was lucky to get an apprenticeship with an automotive parts manufacturer and got interested in automation and PLC coding.

    The funny thing is that at school I hated being taught French and German and to this day can't speak any language other than English and 1 to 10 in French and German, maybe even introduce myself at a push. It just didn't interest me!
    Yet when you think about it, coding is in itself another language and I'm more than happy to study that, infact you could say that I'm pretty fluent in several languages now :D
  3. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson Expert Licensed User

    I had the 48K Speccy @RandomCoder. I too used to buy the magazines back in the day and then spend hours and hours and hours manually typing in the code only to realise that either the code was incorrect or I typed in the code incorrectly in the first place, and then I would spend days trying to get a simple maze game etc to work. What used to really pissed me off was when the Speccy magazines used to release the next editions with the modified code to get the previous weeks code working correctly in the first place.

    Oh boy, those were the days lol...
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  4. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    And does anyone actually know why we were subjected to a screen full of psychedelic coloured lines and that screeching sound when loading games??? :confused:
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  5. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    they were sending signals to your brain to buy more games.
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  6. KMatle

    KMatle Expert Licensed User

    In the 8ies there were "some strange typewriters with televisions" (VC 20 or so) in some stores. One day a guy was typing "commands" and the "typewriter" showed colours and text's and did other things. I asked him what he was doing and since then I'm in.

    A friend got a ZX81 but my parents refused to buy such an expensive "game". 1 year later (after a hard fight with them) I got an Atari 400 for Xmas. Still a toy to them.

    My history:

    Atari 400
    Commodore C128
    Amiga 500
    Amiga 2000
    Amiga 1200

    I still miss "the good old times" spending with my old machines :(
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  7. udg

    udg Expert Licensed User

    1982: Olivetti M20 (Z8000-family CPU, 128KB RAM, 2 floppies, 320x200 graphics and PCOS OS with Basic8000 in ROM)
    A "powerful" machine but a lot of space to envy sprites and those game-magics done on Commodores and the like!

    Hours spent on code-copying from magazines and year after year of books, tons of books.

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  8. LucaMs

    LucaMs Expert Licensed User

    You were already rich in 1982, then.

    Olivetti PC: great success ... and now?

    I started with an abacus, but with stones, balls did not exist (even wheel and fire)
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  9. udg

    udg Expert Licensed User wasn't mine! But I had the opportunity to work on that great machine and have also enough time on it for experimenting and learning.
    How to forget the use of "peek" and "poke" instructions to directly access RAM and bypass the protection scheme used on some programs?
    Or the building of a personalized copy of the OS, assembling just the needed pieces since the scarcity of disk space?

    Then it came the Olivetti M24 (8086 CPU 256KB RAM) and BASIC soon left place to my preferred language ever: Pascal.
    Well, I used Fortran, Prolog, Lisp and a few others but that miner on Borland's ads let me move from the three-steps process (editing, compiling and linking) MS Pascal demanded to the beginning of a new programming era. And we had MS DOS with its interrupts to play with..
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  10. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    I remember having posters from IBM (with the Charlie Chapling clone) and Wang hanging on my bedroom walls. All forgotten glory.

    Nice to see that Olivetti still exists and doing POS, printer & copier solutions.
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  11. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    and with this very simple line you made me realise how old I am!

    I too started with Spectrum++, doing some BASIC then some assembler... then the coding languages evolved almost as fast as the computers themselves BUT... not my wallet, so for a few years I was out of the loop. Them came office 2003 with VBA and I did some quite interesting spreadsheet automation. Then I bought an IPAQ, from Compaq, wich run on WinMob 6.1 and already had fingerprint was because of that device that I looked into software creation once again, and found Basic4Ppc and EREL.
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  12. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I remember the first PC we had as a family. It ran windows 3.1 but I forget the make and model. What I do remember is accidentally deleting a file which then prevented the PC from booting. I was only about 11 at the time. I remember it so well because my mum then spent over 4 hours on the phone to tech support being told how to restore the system. After that I was made to back up the system to FLOPPY DISCS!!! It took over 30 floppies and a hell of a long time. I'll never forget that lesson! :oops:
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  13. schemer

    schemer Active Member Licensed User

    TI994A and moved up to a C64. :D Then a C128. Ran a BBS named "The Junction Box" in Houston Texas for some years running LTK (Lt Kernal) SCSI hard drives. I had a land line and a 1200 baud modem (1670) that eventually changed along the way to up to 56k. Too bad I only had 1 line connection at a time. It was fun though being a "Sysop". :p
  14. Informatix

    Informatix Expert Licensed User

    +1 :)
    And ZX Spectrum was my second computer...
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  15. ac9ts

    ac9ts Active Member Licensed User

    Started on an HP-85 to control racks of test equipment over HPIB (IEEE-488).
    After that, a friend and I built Apple II clones from kits. I also had a ZX someplace in there as well as a home brewed Z80 system. Then I moved to PC using VB6 and later Visual Studio. I also do embedded PIC code in C. I am actually a hardware guy that picked up software to make the hardware work.
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  16. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    I started in 2007 learn coding (vb)

    Before that i didnot knew how to make a simple hallo world msgbox.

    The reason was a guy in my work made an app with vb6 and i found it very interesting, since then i am in. (not much only 8 years)
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  17. Filippo

    Filippo Expert Licensed User

    I started in 1991 with the Psion Series 3, subsequently kammen Psion Series 3a, 3c Psion Series and Psion Series 5mx pro, I have still.
    From 1995 on SGI workstation (Unix) with shell script (of course only at work, is too expensive for private people). ;)
    From 2004 then with VB6, VB.Net and from 2007 with B4ppc.
  18. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    I fill like a stranger here, everybody grow up with a computer and start coding very early in his life.

    7 years ago i didnot knew what a string was or a integer, but i see that everybody here knew that allready in the 90s
    :confused: did i start to late with coding?
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  19. wonder

    wonder Expert Licensed User

    Well, it doesn't matter how long you started, it only matters what you've learned so far! :)
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  20. specci48

    specci48 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Surprisingly, I started in spring 1984, buying a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K. :)
    The first steps took me through the sample programs of the "Horizons" cassette delivered with the computer.
    After that I spend hours of hours typing in listings from various computer magazines. They could be quite long!
    If they were written in basic, there was a big chance to understand how the work. :cool:
    But more and more they were written in machine code so you had to type in tons of numbers, not knowing what comes out... ;)

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