Starting your coding story

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.

Paint Brush Paint my Coding Story

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)

Supported Operating Systems Visual Studio 2017 will install and run on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10 version 1507 or higher: Home, Professional, Education, and Enterprise (LTSC and S are not supported)
  • Windows Server 2016: Standard and Datacenter
  • Windows 8.1 (with Update 2919355): Core, Professional, and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Update 2919355): Essentials, Standard, Datacenter
  • Windows 7 SP1 (with latest Windows Updates): Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Hardware
  • 1.8 GHz or faster processor. Dual-core or better recommended
  • 2 GB of RAM; 4 GB of RAM recommended (2.5 GB minimum if running on a virtual machine)
  • Hard disk space: up to 130 GB of available space, depending on features installed; typical installations require 20-50 GB of free space.
  • Hard disk speed: to improve performance, install Windows and Visual Studio on a solid state drive (SSD).
  • Video card that supports a minimum display resolution of 720p (1280 by 720); Visual Studio will work best at a resolution of WXGA (1366 by 768) or higher.
Supported Languages Visual Studio is available in English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

You can select the language of Visual Studio during installation. The Visual Studio Installer is available in the same fourteen languages, and will match the language of Windows, if available.

Note: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Office Integration 2017 is available in the ten languages supported by Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017.

Get your story started by following along with our next post. My First VB.NET program.

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