Ryan Lanciaux

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How Did I Get Started in Software Development?

Justin Etheredge recently tagged me to write up how I got started in software development (you are probably familiar with the meme started by Michael Eaton). Without any further explanation, here goes:

How old were you when you first started programming?

I first started programming when I was 10 or 11 (I don't remember exactly).

How did you get started in programming?

My interest in programming initially began as a general interest in computer games. My dad showed me how to get around in DOS and pulled up some games in QBasic. It wasn't long after that I started messing with the code to see what would happen if I changed things. From there, I tried writing some stuff on my own spending a lot of time in the syntax help. 

What was your first language?

BASIC

What was the first real program you wrote?

Depending on the definition, the first real program I wrote was a game that worked in an AOL chat room. When I was 13, one of my friends showed me this thing called a scrambler. The scrambler would let you enter a word, send the scrambled word to the chat and keep score of who got the word right first, etc. I don't know why but I thought it would be an interesting thing to try and replicate. About a month later, I had finished writing one using the VB and the Windows API. It was not very useful but I learned a lot that way I guess.

What languages have you used since you started programming?

C#, VB.NET, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, PHP, BASIC, C, C++, F# (and others)

What was your first professional programming gig?

When I was in Highschool/College I did some freelance websites/applications mainly for construction and contracting companies. After college my first full-time programming job was working at Franklin University on the development team (websites / web applications).

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming?

Absolutely.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?

Be continuously learning.

What's the most fun you've ever had programming? 

I honestly couldn't tell you – there are a lot of projects that have been really fun. I especially like when there's some new kind of challenge I haven't encountered before.

Who are you calling out? 

Matt Braun

Scott Sanzenbacher 

Rob Conery

Jurgen Appelo

Danny Douglass

Oren Eini