In the early eighties I bought a Texas Instruments TI 99/4a - unfortunately it was broken. And even more horrible: as TI stopped the production of that wonderful machine it was not possible to get a working replacement. I literally spent all my pennys to buy a Commodore 64 instead. And so it came that I lost some years to computer games But finally I ended up being interested in programming …
Well, I studied that beast and got a more or less professional developer. Became a project manager, got to be the development manager, became the manager of development managers, recognizing that I really missed programming. So after 16 years of being a manager I did a break and got back to doing things. I think my life is better now.
Languages I got to get known eventually
My personal journey across the space of languages. I got quite good in some of them, but not that good in most, really.
- Commodore 64 Basic
- C64 machine language (or assembler as it would be called later. Using SMON)
- Pascal (Oxford Pascal on the C64, but much more Turbo Pascal on the PC)
- 80286 Assembler
- C, C++ (Turbo C)
- Bourne Shell
- Common Lisp (Macintosh Common Lisp (Mac) and Allegro Common Lisp (PC))
- Google Go