Well I was a guy with zero planning on future..I take things as N when it comes during school days..Till ninth std,I had no idea of wat i would be..i wanted to be an electrical engg simply coz my grandpa was one..so at starting of tenth std,my dad told there are 3 branches in 11th.. Comp MPC, Bio MPC ,Commerce,Since i was worst in art,i hated biology which my sis has told me contains lot of pictures..So my dad told get good marks to get a compsci seat.Those days i was dumb in math,avg scorer in others(65%) as i used to concentrate more on my TT & video games..I just studied only day b4 exams[even now same case].
The first time i saw comp was at my mom's office during my 7th std where she let me to type something after opening m$-word[simply coz she doesnt know anythin else in computers].I have played the game solitaire in my cousins house, but i dont even know how to open the game..
Class 10 was over.. 4 months holidays..i was just spending those days watching movies & playing TT in nights.. many of my friends went for a computer course in UNIX,C,C++.. since they all were newbee to computers they learnt everything frm scratch incl basics,office etc..The result was out..i scored just 74%.. since the usual cutoff for compsci 80%,i thought i wouldnt get a compsci seat..So my dad insisted me to go for a course..i was reluctant..finally i joined in SSi for a course on UNIX,C,C++.
Since some of the batchmates knew basics of computer,they started with shell,kernel N abt UNIX stuff like that..i was lost in jungle..Then i asked the staff to teach me right from scratch..First unix classes i just noted down those commands written on board.. tried them in lab session without any knowledge..Then we comp illitrates were having a seperate class on basics,HTML,Office.. i liked that class very much..
By the time UNIX course has ended & we moved into C..asusual i typed the programs written on board.. We had a lot of fun in the lab.. since it was 24hrs lab.. N we ppl having no other job will goto the lab & do all things other than covering the portions taught..Making powerpoint presentations,playing TD6 in the lab,hearts in network,sending mails,msgs in the unix environment…
One fine day i was caught by the centre head while playing games..so he asked me to write a C program [i donno something silly with arrays]..i said i donno.. N also said that i was just typing out the programs N dont have ability to write on my own..he adviced me for half an hour..he gave wat is life blah blah blah which at tat point i took in one ear N left it out through other..i asked my sister abt the program as she had already studied C C++[she was also school topper in good old compsci syllabui of dBase,Lotus etc]..she told me something,i read the book.. next day i did try something out on lab.. all of which actually ended up in a failing note only..
I was taking C C++ lightly at tat time, N was concentrating on HTML more as it was on compsci syllabui..it was easy.. after a long time when the list was put up by the school. thank god i got compsci as many toppers prefered bio..There was still a month to go before school opens..so i started designing something using HTML..Those were crorepati days..so i just made a simulation of the same using HTML linking webpages..then school days started..we still dint complete the course..[supposed to b a 3 months course but we did it for record 8 months.. as we did all sorts of nonsense other than attending classes N allowing staff to complete..
Since i knew the basics,i was one among the very few in the class who has seen computers before 11th..intro to windows.. HTML were cakewalk.. it was during C, that i got the concepts wat i learnt in SSi came to my help.. I began to understand how the program works..Started writing those small ones[comparing 2 no..s,sorting] on my own..I was the only guy in that class who used write programs on own..
I was the only one who learnt BASIC frm 11th std math N wasted 4 days to try a program which would convert any given no into words..[1700 line code]..but one of my school sir told the same can be done in 100 line C code..I got a nice bulb…I had a very nice interaction with my compsci staff Ms.Sujatha Pradan,Mr.TamilVendan & my math sir Mr.Ramachandran who not only raised my math skills but also thought me how to think analytically..
Again for 12th std we went to Aptech,this time since SSi was running on loss,it was closed[if guys like us join,wat else will a centre do :P],So this time StarOffice,VB,Java, spl course based on 12th syllabui..StarOffice was a cakewalk..we knew MS Office na..next it was VB.. it was awesome to work in VB..did a small graphic app in that which draws a heart[basic idea took frm 12th book,extended to do some graphics,like drawing an arrow between 2 hearts].Then came java,to tell the truth i hated java those days simply coz it was OOP, & we dint learn C++ properly in SSi course[we never learnt sincerely there].but since the syllabui was mostly based on 11th std C,again it was cake walk for me.. this time many joined course with me,so i had some competition in my class but still we never had time in those unforgettable days.Btw my studies in state board got improved..my math was helping me a lot..i even got 2nd rank in my class once..[never thought of it,after getting 18th rank in 11th std].So 12th was over..Luckily i got into SSNCE with Comp as my branch..so the journey goes on.. meet u on part2 where i will tell about my experiences in my coll which kindled even more interest