How did you learn how to program?

I began programming on a BBC Microcomputer in school when I was 11 years old.  I learnt how to make an educational game where you send a rocket to mars in BASIC, and would skip lunch times to create my own games based on what I was learning.  Nothing has really changed since this blueprint, apart from that I don’t skip lunch.  I am fully self-taught, originally from tinkering and modding games, and then later more seriously from books.  Aside from experience, I think the qualities that make a good programmer are creativity, curiosity and patience.


If you are thinking about learning to program yourself, I recommend learning Javascript, as it’s very common and flexible – you can make web and standalone applications, and the syntax is fairly easy.  I can also recommend a number of books on the general topic:

Code Complete – Steve McConnell

The Pragmatic Programmer – Andrew Hunt, David Thomas

Coders At Work – Peter Seibel

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