I'm currently a PhD student and have studied CS. I started programming as a hobby at the age of about 9 (Basic on a Commodore C64) if I remember correcly and progressed from there (Pascal, Delphi, Java). About 6 yrs ago, I started learning and using the C++ language which comes in quite handy for the performance critical computations I'm mostly doing right now (tomography, other big nonlinear optimization problems).
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