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My first serious program (after a number of trivial ones) was one to compute a Magic Square of odd dimension. This was in 1987 in FORTRAN IV on a DEC 10 Mainframe system. Since I needed blank paper to write down engineering college notes, I gave it an input of 101, printed it and got something like 20 or 25 pages or so of one-sided paper.
1975 on the 31st May I wrote my first program in City & Guilds Mnemonic Code assembly language. It was fed through a teletype on punched tape via an acoustic coupler to an ICL 1900 at Manchester University (about 50 miles away).
It ran and produced the correct answer, first time!
That's when I knew I had to give up my Law career and become a lumberjack computer programmer!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Just wished that lumberjack wasn't struck through.
I like the idea of a lumberjack computer programmer.
Has a certain ring to it.
Reckon that JSOP would agree, except he doesn't like high heels on blokes.
"Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read." Frank Zappa 1980
I miss Heathkit too. Build a lot of equipment for my HAM father.
First programming experience was Fortran on an IBM 1440 in High school. I miss the punch card confetti we threw at each other!
Then it was off to the Air Force and COBOL, where I learned BASIC on a friends Apple IIe, Star Trek anyone? We programed the game to go back in time if you went fast enough close to a star! Yes, we were geeks!
I was 12 at 1984 just like you...
My book was in Hungarian (I wasn't speaking about the books originally come with the C64 - they were gone when I got the machine, but about a book my father got with the machine)...
"The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon, 1928 - 2012
It was Christmas of '82 or '83 (can't remember) and my parents bought my brothers and I a TI-99/4a. My brothers were only interested in the games, but I quickly discovered that it could do more. I learned enough BASIC to write small programs to solve my HS algebra and geometry homework.
A few years later I went to uni as a CS major but quit when I got kicked out of the lab for refusing to yield a terminal to an upperclassman. 10 years later, tired of factory work, I went back and finished. I got my first programming job a year before I graduated and am still working here 20 years later.
The TI 99/4A was also my first computer. I taught myself BASIC and Extended BASIC. Then I moved on to Assembler. That got me hooked on programming. I even remember the interesting quirk of the graphics abilities on that computer. Each row was divided into blocks of 8 pixels which could have only 2 colors. I still have that computer somewhere in the basement.
That reminds me of when we would get on the teletype to MIT over the ARPANET (pre-internet) and play ZORK! I think I still have some of the output! It was written in MUDDLE, a friend analyzed it and found some cheat like "Send for mail" which would get you a brochure in the mailbox and one point!
Keying in instructions on the front panel of a LEO/III (see below) in 1966, and then moving to creating self loading programs on paper tape. Worked on various different systems and languages in the intervening years.
Depends. First program was written for the HP-67 on magnetic strip to run analysis of gas chromatography data.
Second was PDP-11 assembly to analyse data from Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Spectrophotomer for elemental analysis
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
1964. First year science at Monash Uni. Punch FORTRAN II cards on an IBM 026, submit to the CDC 3200.
The next year we did all sorts of devious things, based on fixed load locations and lack of array bounds checking.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
Do those turtle things that run around the floor count?
If not, then I think 2000. Some Turbo C++ thing in which I wrote the biggest switch statement of my life... you enter an album track number, and it prints out the lyrics for that song. The album was Slipknot (self-entitled).