My first program was a text-based RPG in TI-83+ BASIC, but my first real programs were written to facilitate my then-hobby of language construction. I picked up Java and Swing and wrote programs to generate words for my constructed languages based on patterns, identify the frequency of letters in a document, and apply sound change rules to a vocabulary. I remember really struggling with the pattern matching code in the sound change applier, and not understanding the difference between casting and parsing, so I got really frustrated when trying to extract a number from a editor cell in Swing!
I don't program in Java any more - I started learning new programming languages in college and left it behind.
So very interesting! 😀
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