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Matt Ellen

I started programming as a kid, so I never felt a pull in any other direction. Whenever I think about giving up my job, I just think about doing my own programming thing.

If I try really hard and imagine a universe where I didn't pick up the Amstrad CPC BASIC programming book, I think maybe I'd be an actor. I always enjoyed being on stage when I was younger. These days the idea scares me!

If it happened today that I couldn't be a professional programmer anymore, I think I'd like to learn how to teach programming. Or if I couldn't come within 20 metres of a compiler then maybe I'd try writing fiction, since I do that as a hobby anyway. Or maybe I'd be inspired to try to retrain into a different career altogether, like car mechanic or something useful like that.