My first taster of programming was on the ZX Spectrum, copying the code for games from the back of magazines line-by-line, I would have been 10 or so. The first thing I built myself would have been in BASIC on an IBM 386, I forget what the game was, I just remember it asked for your name then greeted you, I remember being inordinately proud of the fact that if my best mates name was entered it greeted him by the nickname we used to tease him with, this would have been around 12ish. Regrettably I didn't stick with it once I turned 16. I rediscovered programming in my late 20's when I wanted to automate some very boring and repetitive processes at work and then turned it into a career.
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