Why I started programming
I’ve been interviewing a lot lately since I was let go from my last gig. During the interviews I’ve been asked a few times when and why I started programming. My answer is the following:
- I wrote my first program in the Basic programming language when I was eight years old (1988) and loved that I could control a computer and build software.
- In 1991 when QBasic came out I learned about the easter egg that you can do when starting QBasic from a DOC prompt. The easter egg showed “The Team of Programmers” that created QBasic. Once I saw that, I told myself I wanted to be one of them.
- The idea of learning another business industry so I could create software for them excited me. Here are some of the industries I’ve learned through my career:
- Oil & Gas
- Sports Merchandise
- Home Security