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So - we have done the age thing, so how about the experience thing?
In 1960 I was given a Heathkit EC-1 in kit form by a rich relo. I built it, and then programmed it to solve very simply calculus problems, with the output sent to a Heathkit oscilloscope - it was an analog machine!
Then there was an eight year gap until university, an IBM 1130 and Algol.
COBOL, gawd help me. On a ICL 1900 running George 3, on punch cards, with operators who actively (and for good reason) hated students. You'd get your deck back with bits of lettuce stuck to them, half of someone else's program upside down, and a core dump two feet thick.
The lecherer (for he was indeed a lecherous sod) allowed three attempts to get your code working: three deck submissions. After that, you lost 10% of available points for each run.
Following term was FORTRAN and a breath of fresh air.
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The same guy worked the input/output window at my college. 1979, SPSS programs on punch cards, submitted in shoeboxes. You got your cards back and a stack of green bar printouts. Syntax errors cost you the time to fix and resubmit. Logic errors got you thrown out of the basement.
Didn't they name a king after that OS? At least that's what a school maths club asked as part of my first programming experiences using hand punched cards, pressing out each chad with a stylus on an IBM Port-a-Punch, using every second column, and posting the Algol (IIRC) code off to Leeds University (c 1969) (I think it was George 4 by then - A better king?).
The punch, post, compile, run, printout cycle too a whole week! We learnt to check our code and the cards. Primes up to 1000, integer Pythagorean triangles, etc. Great stuff.
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