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This is how I started programming

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I was in fact using these also during my first year at the university in Bonn. But before that in Berlin I had already access to some terminals connect to an IBM 360 (running Zork, of course), and in Bonn there were also some terminals you could use with huge 8" floppy disks. Way more practical then a staple of punch hole cards.

Dirk Steins, 2017-11-18 09:05

How old are you?

A hundred?

;)

Mariano Kamp, 2017-11-18 09:15

112, according to Facebook

Volker Weber, 2017-11-18 09:20

As a small child I was once 'helping' my dad with punched cards at his MAFF job in Aberdeen, in the mid-60s. I dropped a tray of them, thereby knocking over another tray. Terrible trauma all round.

What you call a 'stack sort', I think.

Nick Daisley, 2017-11-18 09:24

Look for the first six columns in COBOL. Sequence number. Insurance.

Volker Weber, 2017-11-18 09:27

... FORTRAN IV - Uni Freiburg, 1974 ...

Stephan Perthes, 2017-11-18 09:56

Wow, 74 war ich -1 Jahre alt...aber COBOL Systeme sind mit auch schon einige über den Weg gelaufen. Hatte mal kurz die fixe Idee, eine COBOL runtime auf node.js laufen zu haben, aber alleine schon COBOL zu parsen macht die Birne weich :D

Frank Quednau, 2017-11-18 10:16

Those were times, right? Ein Trio mit vier Fäusten und so 🤠
1974 war ich - noch nicht geboren 👼

Hubert Stettner, 2017-11-18 10:34

Ich habe nach Dir mit dem Programmieren angefangen und mich vor einigen Jahren aus der professionellen IT zurückgezogen, bastle aber immer noch zum Spass (v.a. Embedded C/C++).
Aber wenn ich das JavaScript Zeug heute sehe, sieht es für mich aus wie diese Lochkarte :-)

Peter Daum, 2017-11-18 10:57

Me too. 1977, 10th Grade, BASIC, terminal with acoustic modem, mainframe far away.

Scott Hanson, 2017-11-18 11:58

Got my first computer at the age of 10 years in 1989 - a C64. Bought all 64er magazines from my neighbor, who had never read them I think. After all the 1000 games got boring, I started learning Basic and Assembler. Mid 90s I wrote an adventure game („Der Forscher“, recently found a complete solution for it in the Internet, which was very cool :-) ) for „Game On“, a monthly disk magazine. Got 2000 DM from CP Verlag for the game, used it to buy a 486 DX2-66. Started learning Turbo Pascal, then assembler etc. Never had a computer course in school btw.

Karsten Lehmann, 2017-11-18 12:55

Me too!

PERFORM makemoney UNTIL rich.

... don't forget the full stop 😎

Stephan H. Wissel, 2017-11-19 06:50

Haha, ich habe noch einen kleinen Stapel Lochkarten im Keller, allerdings FORTRAN IV. Etwa von 1977.

Peter Muchmann, 2017-11-19 11:47

Me to. Programming Siemens BS1000 in Cobol and yes I loved COBOL.

Mark Ehmann, 2017-11-20 15:36

COBOL ist unheimlich geschwätzig, aber es macht irgendwie Spaß. Habe ich in den frühen 80ern auf einer Kienzle gelernt, 128 k RAM, 10 Arbeitsplätze, 5 MB Wechselplatte. Das war Power ;-)

Wolfgang Siebeck, 2017-11-21 05:59

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