Computer programming

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Computer programming is the act of creating a list of instructions for a computer to follow.


I saw my very first computer program on a TRS-80 Color Computer, written in Color BASIC, when I was around six-years-old, and helped write my first program on an Atari XE, in Atari BASIC, when I was around eight. I began writing my own programs in GW-BASIC shortly thereafter with the help of my uncle using his Tandy 1000, and, when my family got a computer in 1991, I started using QuickBASIC. I occasionally tried to do some extremely simple stuff in C, but as Windows became more popular, I started learning Visual Basic. Most of my teen years were spent on QuickBASIC and Visual Basic, though I occasionally worked with C in high school. I got a job when I was 19-years-old writing primarily in Visual FoxPro. In order to work on this web site, I started learning about various Internet programming languages including JavaScript, PHP, and SQL. For Windows scripting, I use JScript, and I'm trying to teach myself more C#. I also know a little Python, Java, C, C++, and 6502 machine language.

Languages I Know

This table lists the computer programming languages I know, even if only a little. They're ranked by how well I know them, and, how much I like them.

Language Comprehension Appreciation Notes
Visual FoxPro 1 4 Been writing professionally since 1999. A wonderful hybrid of Visual Basic and SQL. Shame Microsoft killed it.
FreeBASIC 2 3 A fantastic modern 64-bit BASIC variant.
JavaScript 3 5 A surprisingly competent scripting language.
SQL 4 6 Wonderful for data handling, and nothing else.
C# 5 1 My favorite desktop application development language. Extremely quick and easy.
QuickBASIC 6 7 The best traditional BASIC variant of the late 1980s and whole of 1990s.
Visual Basic 7 2 Used to be the best for RAD. Never should have been discontinued.
PHP 8 11 A complete mess of a language, but somehow gets the job done.
JScript 9 13 Only useful on Windows.
Java 10 8 The worst UI design in the world, but codes easy enough.
C 11 9 Credit for being so foundational, but very cryptic to work with.
C++ 12 10 Painful to read, but insanely powerful. Really should convert symbols to words.
Python 13 12 I don't understand why people like this language. I don't find it easy to work with or useful for application development.
6502 machine language 14 14 Near impossible to use, but it runs at lightning speed. Extremely popular for 8-bit CPUs.
RPG 15 16 Should have been obliterated when they made SQL.
COBOL 16 15 Horrible, horrible, horrible.

Markup Languages I Know

These aren't so much programming languages as structural layouts. Most are for design, but some are for data.

Language Comprehension Appreciation Notes
HTML 1 1 Been typing it by hand since 1998.
CSS 2 3 For as many committees, meetings, and versions it's gone through, it's still really unfriendly and messy!
MediaWiki 3 2 Superior to HTML and CSS in several respects, but ultimately based on them.
XML 4 6 Little more than an extremely bloated data format. Querying it is like pulling teeth.
VT 5 5 An old video terminal markup language for displaying on old text terminals.
SVG 6 4 A vector graphic markup language using XML.