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What I like about development and what I dont


Date : 2012-05-15
I've always enjoyed writing applications. We used to call them Programs of course and they were much harder to write. My first programs were games that I got out of a book of Basic programming. I had a Vic20, little cousin to the well know Commodor64, that had no means of storage so every time I wanted to play a game I had to write the code in line by line. A few times through and I started to see the concepts. I would make slight changes to the code as I wrote it and enjoy the results, even if that was an error message. That left me with only tweaks and debugging to do with anything I wrote.

Fast forward a few years and I was learning from Choose Your Own Adventure books that also had source code in them. The code contained errors that had to be found and fixed in order to move on. Again I find my joy not in writing whole programs but in solving programs.

To this day, some 20 years later I still am driven to solve problems when writing a program and often have trouble finishing up the details once the main problem is solved. This leaves me with tons of source code and few finished programs. I'm working on some ways to get finished with some of these projects. I have too many gathering dust until technology passes them by and they become pointless.

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