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I studied Fortran IV in HighSchool where we had 2 keypunch machines, and access to an IBM 1100 at the Community College. We ran our programs batch, and compiled our programs on paper tape.
Years later when PC's became affordable, I gave programming another shot. This time I studied RPG with the IBM AS-400 computer. I could access the College Computer with Emulator Software( Mocha Soft MW 5250 ) and my home PC.
C++ came later, then VB-6, C#.Net, and Managed C++. I am currently studying VB.Net