Derik Whittaker



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How did I get started in Software Development?

Looks like I was tagged by Javier Lozano to explain to the world how how I got started writing code.  Hold on tight as this may be a long, bumpy ride.

How old were you when you started programming?
Compared to most of the geeks out there, I was a late comer.  I did not code my first application until I was a senior in high school.

What was your first language?
QBasic, in fact I am pretty sure I still have the book in a box in the basement.  The first application was some simple little app that would display 'fireworks' on the

What was the first real program you wrote?
I am pretty sure it was a web-site for a local business in the town where I went to college.  In fact I think it still may be up cause I still get spam email from them.

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming?
Oh hell yea.  I mean come on, first off I am too lazy to do a real job and lord knows manual labor is not in the cards for me.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?
No, there are a few

  1. Learn to shut up and listen, you just may learn something (still working on this myself)
  2. Do not be afraid to ask questions, the only dumb question is the one you do not ask
  3. Be passionate and have fun, if you can have fun doing this you will be soo much better at it

What's the most fun you've ever had ... programming?
Professionally it was when I was working at a .com working with a group of 12 or so developers that were all great.  I was able to learn a ton and grow both as a developer and as a person.

Non-Professionally it is when every I am creating something for my own enjoyment

Who am I calling out?

Kyle Baley

Michael Neel

Sergio Pereira

Joey Beninghonve

Kirstin Juhl

Till next time,

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Posted 06-24-2008 7:41 AM by Derik Whittaker
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joeyDotNet wrote How did I get started in software development?
on 06-27-2008 1:02 AM

How did I get started in software development?

The Coding Monkey wrote How Did I Get Started In Software Development?
on 07-03-2008 3:50 PM
ViNull, Off the Record wrote How did I get started in Software Development?
on 07-12-2008 12:15 PM

I'm suck a slack, and just now getting to responding to this meme after being tagged by Derik . 

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