What are your earliest memories of programming?
If you didn't know yet, BASIC is now 50 years old. FIFTY. For some of us here it was our first foray into the wonderfully frustrating world of programming. In the spirit of its birthday, I thought it'd be fun to get a discussion going on first encounters with BASIC. For those of you who were not fortunate enough to touch it, what languages helped get your tires kicking in the world of computer programming?
Feel free to also share your horror stories of how your program, or script, completely botched a perfectly functioning computer!
Unfortunately, due to an annoying programming quirk at my junior high school, all of my computer classes were sixth period. Sixth period was the period right after lunch, and lunch was a longer period, so sixth period got to be the shorter period: 20 minutes instead of 40. So instead of two 40-minute sessions a week, I got a combined total of 40 minutes a week to work on my program. I managed to get the game working, but the graphics never came out right before I had to turn it in. Other kids in my class stayed during lunch to finish theirs. So in the end, they got full credit, and I got marked down, because I valued eating over having an upright gallows on my 'game over' screen.
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