Chris Sutton tagged me yesterday asking how I got started with programming. So here it goes.
How old were you when you started programming?
I suppose I first started with my TI-86 in physics class making text based adventure games. After that it was HTML and building a website on geocities (remember them?).
What was your first programming language?
HTML, if you count that, otherwise Pascal.
What was the first real program you wrote?
I wrote a small portion of an application in VB6 for a local paper company while I was an intern in college.
If you knew then what you know know would you have started programming?
Yes, most definitely, and would kick myself for not taking advantage of the abundant resources and time while in college.
If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?
First, have passion for your craft. Second focus less on languages and specific technologies, but instead focus on principles and core fundamentals.
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had … programming?
In college I wrote my own compiler for an honors project and I used to stay up every Thursday night and program in preparation for a Friday morning meeting with my advisor. About 2am I'd make a run to the local grocery store and buy some Mt. Dew and a box of Nutty Bars.
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