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.
> 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?
> 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!
@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:
* (HTML/CSS, if they count)
Languages I know syntax and various tricks in, but have never used solidly enough to “know”:
Languages I have passing experience with:
Like many here, English is also my second language. I’m Swedish.
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.
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.