in reply to I started with...:

Really started programming with BASIC, back in 1973 while in Grade 10. It was a teletype hooked up via a 110 baud modem (yes, kids, 11 characters per second -- hold on to yer hats) to a monster mainframe somewhere at PSBGM headquarters.

In CEGEP I fiddled with an HP 9810 Programmable Calculator that was hooked up to a plotter (hmm, what do I get if I plot sin theta against cos theta .. oh, duh). Naturally, it was an RPN machine. The HP 21C Programmable Calculator had just come out, and one of my classmates had one -- very, very cutting edge, and more RPN.

Of course, once I made it to university I took FORTRAN and COBOL, work terms in assembler (some homegrown bit-slice processor -- if you've heard of AES/Lanier, it was one of those), then finally got into C in fourth year.

After university it was back to assembler of the 6809 and 68000 flavour, then forwards again to C, then back to x86 assembler (TSRs and all that stuff), then a diversion to Pascal for a couple of jobs (ugh), C under OS/2's PM and finally Perl. Yay.

Cool survey question.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

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