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How long did it take you to learn all the computer languages you know today?

  • # June 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I got into coding about 9 months ago and don’t feel like i have learned as many languages as i should have. In the 9 months that i’ve been teaching myself computer languages, I only learned HTML5, CSS3, and alittle Jquery. I have a friend who self-taught 5 languages in he first year. I’m asking this because i want to see how i stack up with everyone else.

    # June 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve been doing this as a hobby for about ten years and professionally for the last five or so. It takes a lot of time and effort to become truly comfortable with different languages.

    > I have a friend who self-taught 5 languages in he first year.

    Lots of people can bullshit their way through a bunch of languages, doesn’t mean they are any good at it.

    # June 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    > I’m asking this because i want to see how i stack up with everyone else.

    Don’t compare your level of skill vs. the masses. You will become to critical of your own abilities and this will prevent you from learning and trying new things. Just keep learning. Stick to one language at a time until you get solid working base, then it becomes easier to branch out to other languages. It’s all programming, it’s all relatively the same.

    **Everything is hard before it’s easy**. It just takes time, so take it in at your own pace. If you try to do too much you’ll burn out.

    > self-taught 5 languages in [his] first year

    Don’t believe people who say things like this. People in general like to exaggerate. Some more than others.

    > How long did it take you to learn all the computer languages you know today?

    I’ve been doing this since 2000. And have solid knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP/MySQL… I’m learning jQuery/JavaScript as those two are not my forte. And recently I’ve picked up Ruby/Ruby on Rails (which was super easy to pick up).

    > 9 months

    9 month… is nothing… every year there’s new things to learn, even for the languages you already know… it never ends… I had to relearn HTML all over again… when I was in school we used tables… remember those… ha!

    Hope that helps,

    Alen

    # June 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

    hi, @Jarolin here you can find some answers http://net.tutsplus.com/articles/general/the-11-phases-of-a-web-developers-career-as-illustrated-by-memes/

    I’m studing only 8-9month and know as many as you (HTML5, CSS3, and start to learn JS).

    @AlenAbdula 9 month… is nothing… every year there’s new things to learn, even for the languages you already know… it never ends…

    certainly agree, it’s the main thing in programming that i loved from the first, you have to improve you skills every time

    P.s. I have some additional problem – my English )))

    # June 11, 2013 at 12:42 am

    English is my second language as well. Originally from Bosnia, now in Boston.

    # June 11, 2013 at 2:23 am

    @Jarolin Syntax isn’t what makes you be able to say that you really know a language, it’s knowing the language’s weaknesses and strengths, and how to use it that’s important, to sound incredibly pompous.

    I’ll also echo the sentiment that you shouldn’t try to measure yourself against others in that sense, and that nine months is nothing: You don’t need to feel self-conscious about having learned “few” languages in that time.

    I’ve been doing hobbywork with various languages for little over fifteen years, done a bit more “professional hobbywork” (IE larger projects for myself and some friends, generally) for something like six years, and worked for a year and a half after my bachelor’s degree.

    Languages I feel I have a solid understanding of:
    * JavaScript
    * PHP
    * Java
    * (HTML/CSS, if they count)
    * Bash
    * MySQL

    Languages I know syntax and various tricks in, but have never used solidly enough to “know”:
    * Python
    * C#
    * C++
    * Ruby

    Languages I have passing experience with:
    * QBasic
    * Erlang
    * ASP

    Like many here, English is also my second language. I’m Swedish.

    # June 11, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I feel confident with HTML/CSS, not too worried with english(maybe i should), rookie with pHp/javascript/SQL/XML and can understand with not too much efforts languages (or tools) using these languages.
    I actually played with msdos bat files, VBA, and with Delphi pro before doing web page and long before with electronics chips.
    I tryed my first website in 2005, it took me a year to manage IE6 (know the majors bugs and ways to avoid or go around them).
    Since i keep forgetting,rediscovering and learning things.
    It is not my job and i can spend months away from playing with bits of web page or building small sites.
    Anyhow, when it’s time to build something for real, it takes time and effort to do. It needs to ‘stew’ somehow.

    # June 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

    > I only learned HTML5, CSS3, and alittle Jquery.

    I think you could have skipped the word ‘only’ here. Those 3 you mention are a handful… this saying comes to mind “easy to learn but difficult to master” :)

    > I have a friend who self-taught 5 languages in he first year.

    Total BS. It’s been mentioned before but knowing the syntax doesn’t mean you know the ins and outs of a language.

    I think I started studying computer science in 2008. Since then I got comfortable enough with Java, C#, PHP, ActionScript3, and JavaScript, the last 3 self-taught. Learned the basics of a bunch of others which I already forgot how to use like Assembly, C and weird languages like Haskell.

    # June 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I understand what you all mean and most of it makes sense.

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