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I can't make a claim that far back but I can say my first professional software was in COBOL on punched cards. My debugger was about 6-8 inches above my shoulders. Today I work embedded C and love every minute, even the crunches.
I cringe at these new wonder tools that crop up about once a week that do everything that once required discipline. I imagine these are for kids who need to keep one eye on their phone. Where will you be when something goes wrong or when that tool isn't there? "Never happen", the young one will say with complete confidence and unearned arrogance.
Ha! Yes, the pic clause, casting out all ambiguity. Did we even do type casting? If we did, I don't even remember. And the other three divisions (and of course the sections within), sure. I haven't seen that language in decades and often wonder what it morphed into. I remember considering myself "advanced" when I embraced the 'perform ... depending on ...'. Seemed so elegant.
Mobile is the most popular interface - it gets the in your face time.
But it still needs the server hosting the data and the info/web server.
so basically while the mobile gets all the kudos, it's really only a fancy "dumb terminal." Given that many younguns wouldn't know what that means, it just proves us oldies still know and understand more.
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I'd say, it dependso on where you sit and whom you're listening to. Case in example: Loads of IT news, including on CodeProject, is about web stuff. And not few JS programmers just talk about JS and their web stuff like it was a general IT truth. They don't begin with "The following article and the findings I present apply to the web and web only, I absolutely ignore desktop programming and I literally couldn't care less about embedded programming." They just present their findings as a general truth wihch, in their respective field, is absolutely right. I, as a desktop/embedded programmer used to get bewildered by that, simply because what they're saying isn't true for my field.
I think, the whole mobile buzz and how important it is is another case of "not my field".
Could you really buy a mobile phone in 1946 in your part of the world?
Here in Norway, they didn't arrive until 20 years later, in 1966, and the setup had to go through an operator.
I also was unaware of computers at the time of WW1. I have always been thinking of the IBM 360 series as the first true "mainframe" computer, but that didn't arrive on the scene until 1963.
I still got my old desktop from when I was a school boy; I believe I got it in 1968. But if you are talking compuers, I guess it didn't arrive until 1973. I didn't use one until the early 80s, though, when I was working with a company that was considering the not-yet-released GEM for their new PC line (we ended up with Windows 1.0, though - and I guess my contribution to that decision was significant).
Made a living programming for 33 years - punch cards, Fortran, CDC, Cray, custom devices,
Unix, C; retired 22 years ago. Now I code for my own amusement in C# on my windows desktop
(most recently toying with the 9 square illusion)
Am I too old? Yes, I am. Too difficult for my tired old eyes to spend a lot of time squinting at Mobile devices.
But at 75 I still read Codeproject news!