Original question from Quora:

What are some cute things that beginner programmers do?

My Answer:

This is an oldie, but a goodie…

When I was a beginner programmer some 22 years ago, I knew very little about all kinds of things (I was maybe 11 at the time, so cut me some slack)

Anyhow, I used to write all of my code in Notepad.exe. At the time I would have been coding in C or C++. Needless to say, my workflow wasn’t very good and I didn’t make progress very fast.

Interestingly, looking back it’s sort of bizarrely impressive. Notepad doesn’t have line numbers, syntax highlighting, or really any features at all. It’s black text on a white background. The end.

Oh and I didn’t really understand Makefiles either, so compiling and running my programs was a complete chore.

Nowadays, there are a million great options out there, but back then I never had access to an IDE, and the ones that were available were pretty expensive, so I suffered through Notepad until I got to college.

I don’t see many beginner programmers doing that now, but I imagine I’m not the only beginner who used Notepad to write code.

-Brian

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