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#Actualkseh

Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:11 AM

Once upon a time (mid 80s), there was this girl I had a crush on in grade 5. She seemed to like this other guy that was doing some extra credit programming for science class (ask a bunch of 'yes' or 'no' questions, get input from user, display result ). Clearly this meant that I had to learn to program so that the girl would like me too "(hey, I was like 10, what do you expect). So, I went to the school library and found the only programming book it had which was this pocket-sized thing that was only really a list of syntax for the Apple IIe. I practiced programming after school on a computer that was sitting out in the hallway. I had no floppy disks to save my work on, and there was no hard drive either, so I typed in whatever I was working on from scratch each night. But alas, a hallway is no place for a hi-tech piece of equipment like an Apple IIe and after a few weeks it was locked in a classroom I didn't have access to. The coolest thing I wrote I think was a thing where you could move around a "high-rez" pixel with the keyboard and basically set the pen down or up to draw in whatever colours were available (didn't know how to save the result and without a disk couldn't have anyways if I even figured it out). I ended up continuing to write programs in pen in a notebook I kept until my next opportunity arose. Simple little text adventure and board games if I'm not mistaken (it was a good while before I ever heard of D&D or played Bard's Tale). Wish I still had the book.

 

I was too shy to ever approach the girl.


#1kseh

Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:09 AM

Once upon a time (mid 80s), there was this girl I had a crush on in grade 5. She seemed to like this other guy that was doing some extra credit programming for science class (ask a bunch of 'yes' or 'no' questions, get input from user, display result ). Clearly this meant that I had to learn to program so that the girl would like me too "(hey, I was like 10, what do you expect). So, I went to the school library and found the only programming book it had which was this pocket-sized thing that was only really a list of syntax for the Apple IIe. I practiced programming after school on a computer that was sitting out in the hallway. I had no floppy disks to save my work on, and there was no hard drive either, so I typed in whatever I was working on from scratch each night. But alas, a hallway is no place for a hi-tech piece of equipment like an Apple IIe and after a few weeks it was locked in a classroom I didn't have access to. The coolest thing I wrote I think was a thing where you could move around a "high-rez" pixel with the keyboard and basically set the pen down or up to draw in whatever colours were available (didn't know how to save the result and without a disk couldn't have anyways if I even figured it out). I ended up continuing to write programs in pen in a notebook I kept. Simple little text adventure and board games if I'm not mistaken (it was a good while before I ever heard of D&D or played Bard's Tale). Wish I still had the book.

 

I was too shy to ever approach the girl.


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