On 08/09/2004, at 1:04 AM, Chip G. wrote: > On Sep 03, 2004, at 14:54, tedd wrote: > >>> I wonder what the mean age of us FB programmers is... >> >> 83 > > Interesting to ponder. I may be one of the younger ones then ... I am > not-quite 40 (later in the year) and have been programming since the > mid 70's. My first experience with programming was as an after school > activity. I discovered the computer lab could be utilized by anyone, > not just the students of particular classes. So I'd stay after school > and play. There was some cool Star Trek game that I played often. I > asked a lot of questions. Finally someone stuck a BASIC book in my > hand and told me to get lost. It was all downhill from there. > Incidentally I think I still have that book. Reminds me of the first "computer" I ever used. There was no screen, just a keyboard and a printer, and every time you moved the Starship Enterprise, the game would spew out another page on the tractor-feed printer. This was back in high school. > > Since then I have, at various times, studied: BASIC, Pascal, C, C++, > Perl, and AppleScript. I've never made a time on any of them, and > they're all scrambled up in my brain, but I enjoy fiddling with them. > Perhaps some day I'll break out and get profitable. > > -- Chip > > "I will plant my heart in the garden of my dreams" Pete... (the other one) "Not those voices again..."