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What was the first system you programmed?

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#51 Derek Andrews OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:44 PM

I learnt some FORTRAN while I was still at school. We wrote the program on coding forms which were sent off to Bristol University where someone punched cards, the program was run, and if it didn't exceed our allocated processing time etc, we got a print-out back in a week or so time ;-)

I also vaguely remember us having some sort of weird programmable calculator that involved a paper tape punch.


Things weren't much better a few years later after I graduated and got a job at TI(UK) programming ATE for memory chips. More punched cards and reams of paper! Eventually allowed time on a TI990 for writing programs, then had to lug reels of tape around, which were just as heavy as the cards.

#52 MrBlackCat OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:13 PM

Commodore Vic 20's.  My father got us one fairly early on.  Actually, I attended a small red-neck school near where we lived and I was the only student with a computer at the time.  For a while, I would bring the Vic-20 to school each day and let the principle play with and taught him some programming in BASIC for a few minutes after school each day.  He got his own by the next year as I remember.

Shortly after that, I got a Vic-Modem (300!) and got on Compuserve I think it was at the time... so I have been BlackCat or MrBlackCat since 1984.

Second was a Commondore 64 (SX Actually) I got at a pawn shop very reasonably.  With its awesome Floppy Disk drive I could save stuff crazy fast, and fairly reliably. :)



Edited by MrBlackCat, Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:21 PM.

#53 SignGuy81 OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:35 PM


#54 gauauu OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jul 1, 2017 5:37 PM

Basic on the TI-99 4a. I read through the "beginners basic" manual that came with it and was hooked.

#55 zzip OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Jul 1, 2017 8:12 PM

I think it was a Commodore PET.   I took a basic programming class on them shortly before getting my Atari.




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Posted Sat Jul 1, 2017 8:18 PM

Would punching in a selection the Space Wars Cabinet count? I always selected fast and gravity. As far as programming it would be the Vic-20 and Commodore 64; all the Gazette magazine listings.

Edited by CRTGAMER, Sat Jul 1, 2017 8:19 PM.

#57 BydoEmpire OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:25 PM

When I was 10 years old my older brother taught me a few BASIC commands.  One day for some reason I had to go to work with my mother, who taught at a community college.  I got to use the computers there while she worked, and I wrote a bunch of simple BASIC programs on the Apple ][+ they had in the lab.  That was it for me, hooked forever.  I made a career out of it, too, although I moved into management about 5 years ago and haven't done much programming since.  Last week I started some 7800 basic stuff for fun, though.  This is the first code I've written in a long while.

Edited by BydoEmpire, Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:28 PM.

#58 GoldLeader OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:32 PM

I just saw this thread...


I had a STAR BIRD,...My friend had the BIG TRAK (But I'm still counting it)...Also Space War cabs!!   (Genius CRTGamer!)


Our school had Apple II something or others so that would be where I did BASIC (and later FORTRAN, PASCAL, etc,   Then KOBOL in  college, I don't remember what machines though)...Shame I really don't remember any of it...And I had BASIC at home on my Coleco ADAM...


Still have the ADAM!  

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