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How did I get started in Software Development

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It’s 3am and I need a coding break. 🙂 I’ve finally decided to respond to Jason’s tag. lol

How old were you when you started programming?

I was 7 or 8 years old. My dad had an old TI-99/4a.  One day I was using it to play some old BASIC games and the entire machine went out on me. I freaked. My dad would kill me. We were stationed in England at the time and he would leave my body there. I started perusing all the documents that came with the computer to see if I could save myself and by the end of it, I thought computers were cool. Stupid me, right? Anyways, it turns out that the power adapter had blown out… not my fault at all. *phew* Hey, how can I code some games on this thing?

What was your first language?

Shortly thereafter I picked up a book that showed me how to program a few games in TI Extended Basic. Could never store the damn things until we got one of those huge floppy drive attachments. Needless to say, I was hooked.

What was the first real program you wrote?

REAL Program? As in useful? In college… I worked on some small C++ apps supporting a larger language translation application for Caterpillar at the Language Translation Institute my first year at CMU. Boring stuff – I mostly coded small games, stuff for programming contests, or academic stuff up until then in Visual Basic, Pascal and whatnot.

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming?

Yes, but I think I would have focused earlier on the business side of things, which is where my CMU educational eventually led me to.

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?

Learn some of the agilist ways, especially TDD. Once you “go there” it’s tough to imagine coding any other way.

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had … programming?

My first few years out of college. I joined a consulting firm and spent my first few years traveling around, coding various solutions for various clients in various languages… it was fun. I was used to traveling (Air Force brat), but never on my own. I loved solving different problems and meeting various people.

Since the original tag was such a long time ago, I’m not going to retag. IT ENDS HERE! lmao.

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Written by Nelson

September 18, 2008 at 8:56 am

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