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Discussion on: How did you first start out learning programming?

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Frank Carr

I'm on the older side so personal computers weren't around when I was a kid in the 60's. However, this was during the middle of the Space Race and that excited me so much that I started learning trigonometry and other advanced-for-my-age math. To facilitate this my parents bought me a Pickett N600-ES slide rule, just like the ones that went to the moon. I also got into model rocketry and learned how to do my own telemetry using the very limited tools and budget I had at the time.

I guess I wish I had pursued it further as I moved on to college but various outside influences and distractions pushed me in other directions for a few years. When I got back around to computers it was during the initial PC boom so I learned BASIC, C and MASM.