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Dan Newton

I think mine is quite boring but it really changed my life.

I always wanted to do engineering of some sort. I enjoyed maths, physics and science in general. However, there are a ton of engineering disciplines and could not decide which one to follow.

My dad, just mentioned one day, a few months before making my university application.

You should try programming / computer science

He gave me a C for dummies book (probably not the best for a noob). I made some basic app, like a tax calculator, something like that. I flipping loved it.

I then did some VB stuff which was making the colour of a window change. I was sold.

I put together my uni application and haven't looked back. I thank my dad for a lot of things, but I think this one tops everything else. Just one comment that he said to me, about a profession I never considered. Completely changed my life.

I love software and can't imagine doing anything else now. Man. I feel like I'm getting emotional saying this stuff.

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Rob Kendal {{☕}} Author

Thanks for sharing that, a great story. I think I had that C for Dummies too! Far too deep for me, C is a dark art so hats off to you for persevering.

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Dan Newton

Haha, I didn't stick to learning C. As you said, a bit hard. I'm actually surprised I managed to enjoy playing with it as my first attempt at programming.

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Rob Kendal {{☕}} Author

I stuck with it for slightly longer than I should because I wanted to make games and it was the thing at the time. But like you UI moves to VB.Net.