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After so many years programming, since 67, I have become addict and need to write personal tools for my new phone, after those I made for my Nokia.
I was only programming full office hours since 1969. But started unofficially, since I was an apprentice with a manufacturer, around 1963. But if I was ever addicted, I think I have kicked it now! Need any help?
Well this is kinda an unfair question, based upon platform.mainly because programming itself has changed. from the babbage analytical engine till the second genneration of ibm, the actual programming process was feeding punch cards or paper tape. The equivelient of using a dollar at a coke machine. The "software design" happened on papper data sheet. I first discovered programming on a odesy game console by accident trying to enter the word print into a guess the word game. Slowly dicovering maybe 5 to 8 key words and use. I made a few command line games and functions but without a way to save them. That may have been 1980. But have studied and used many of the foundation languages. Like Ada,cobol,fortran. I think the question should be more based upon language,language level like machine code,ASM. Because being a true nuts n bolts programmer can't be graduated by exposure to one thing or other but the depth inwhich one had gone with any one thing. I played with basic more than 35 years now,across platforms and dialects. Still just a nooby with rfo and android. Though well versed in qb.x86asm.6502asm,basic.6800asm.z80asm,basic,machine code.aswell long developed for ti calculators and gameboy. I'm 42 yr old but have searched deep insight into programming by research,using antiqes,emulators,nostalgia websites, to get 5to6 generations experience in one lifetime.like I said above, I'm "nooby" but I love electronics..
I worked on the IBM 705 at Boeing. Started originally with IBM EAM machines doing board wiring. In those days you wrote everything - there was no OS or software. I helped develop a mag-tape sort system. Don't remember the number of drives, but was a lot - probably around 40+. Mostly we wrote in assembler. I wrote the OS for the IBM system/7 for real time interface. We wrote all the software for GC's, mass specs and other lab equipment. I guess my favorite machine was the DEC VAX. Worked on small and large system. Most complex system had over 3000 relational database tables. And yes.. I always like the Basic language best of all... Currently working on airplane avionics and instrument interface, that flies the craft by without the pilot from point to point. Our plane design is almost ready to prototype. Tooo much fun!!! I did write one system on Google Play to create databases, and generate the RFO code to maintain it called "Eye's on SQL" named IONsql..
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