When Memes Attack

Posted by Andrew on July 11, 2008

Seems like I’ve been . I shall use that as an excuse to be twice as terse!

How old were you when you started programming?


How did you get started in programming?

I needed a career and Computer Science had to be more interesting than Econ 101 *shudder* - Conveniently, I actually enjoyed it.

What was your first language?

Turbo Pascal and C++ at university. PowerBuilder commercially - long live the Data Window!

What was the first real program you wrote?

Something at ‘varsity. Maybe a DFA/NFA Regex thingie.

What languages have you used since you started programming?

Turbo Pascal, C, C++, PowerBuilder, Java, PL/SQL, VB/Script, JavaScript, Ruby, C#, Haskell.

What was your first professional programming gig?

Working on a land information system at the New Zealand Department for Courts.

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming?


If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?

Find what you’re passionate about and do that.

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had… programming?

Whenever I can solve a challenging problem. A Haskell term unification program springs to mind. Along with the LightSpeed query engine and NHaml - variety is the key and constantly challenging yourself.

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  1. Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:53:05 CDT

    How I Got Started in Software Development…

    I have been memed . How old were you when you started programming? 19. How did you get started in programming…

  2. Fri, 18 Jul 2008 05:08:02 CDT

    I’ve been tagged by Andrew, in a software development meme…