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The first actual programming I did was on a Apple II sometime in the early 80's. I programmed generating and storing character sheets for D & D. I programmed in Apple Basic, but I THINK the actual Basic program code was written by Micro-Soft, if I remember correctly.

What got me interested in programs themselves was my first computer, a TRS-80, from 1978. I had a game called Pursuit of the Graf Spee. You had to load it from a cassette tape using a standard player connected to the computer by an audio patch cable. I discovered if you hit the Break characters (don't remember if it was Cntrl-C or not) the program would stop, you could see the code that made up the game, and you could alter the ship's performance.

You alternated sitting at the keyboard/screen. The German Player would enter his move/speed, then the British would enter theirs. The British had more ships, but the fast ones were out-gunned by the Spee and the big gun Rodney was too slow to catch it in a race. Unless like me you hit the Program Break and altered the code before starting the game for real. You could change it so that you had incredible amounts of fuel, travel at 99 knots and have a ridiculous number of guns and armor. You could only have 2 digit numbers for turrets, armor and guns per turret on the ship, but that let you put 99 turrets, with 99 guns each. And 99 inches of armor.

It was a fun trick to play once on someone, but the game alterations weren't saved so you had to alter the code each time, and you had to do it without the other player knowing you did it. But it was fun looking through the code and figuring out what commands/code did what, and how they set up the situation and what percentages they assigned different actions and what they did to keep track of the 5 or 6 ships the 2 players controlled.

When I went to school the beginner languages taught was Fortran and Pascal, with C being what was pushed for advanced language. COBOL still was taught but it was an optional class.
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