Why I started programming
I mentor a good number of younger software developers or aspiring software developers and I’ve been asked many times when and why I started programming. My answer is the following:
- I wrote my first program in the Basic programming language on an IBM PS/2 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 DOS 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:
- Security (both digital and hardware)
- Oil & Gas
- Hosting/Cloud Providers
- Sports (team and communication management)