This week's poll, and the serendipitous arrival of a new Joel on Software article[^], sparked some thoughts about how I got into this whole programming thing.
In mid-January, 1995, I got my first job in the software biz, as an Associate QA Engineer at Symantec[^]. I think I impressed my eventual boss not with my half-page résumé, but with the spell checker program that I brought with me to show that I did, in fact, know C++.
Once I was there, my boss gave me a crash course in Win32 stuff, but I was pretty much on my own as far as learning. (Remember this was 1995*, no public 'net yet, certainly no awesome resources like CP, and even back then I had come to the conclusion that Usenet sucked.) After much self-teaching, book-reading, and article-writing, I can say it's been quite a journey. Not always good or enjoyable, but then what is?
The traditional 10 year anniversary gift is, if I'm not mistaken, a 21" widescreen LCD monitor. The collection plate will be passed around now...
*Gawd I feel so old when I say things like that, or "this was before the net" or "this was before cell phones" or even the dreaded "this was before Google"