Every programmer has a story, the day, time period or moment when they discovered they wanted to be a computer artist. I imagine that the same holds true for other art forms be it writing, painting, sculpting or performance. True no university I know of is offering a Bachelors degree in computer art, but programming is as much art as it is science. My story is a simple one, I was a young kid who wanted to play games. And living in the city my parents were concerned about crime so I was limited in my access to the outdoors. One day, my grandmother bought my sister a pre-Computer 1000. It had a single line screen and had gams like hangman and taught kids how to type. My sister let me use it from time to time, but the moment came when I found the programming portion of the manual. It allowed you to make your own games! The manual didn’t really teach, instead it contained a few hundred lines of code to copy into the system. I learned later that you could change the text, and game would behave the new way you told it. In that simple way at age six I learned computers had a language, and for me with no younger siblings, I had someone to boss around.
Put simply programming is analogous to painting and so, code = paint brush + paint. In our next post we’ll put your first bits of paint to canvas. First some prerequisites below:
Most of the examples on this site will utilize Visual Studio Community Edition. Below are the minimum requirements to install this free edition: (Download Here)
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Get your story started by following along with our next post. My First VB.NET program.