Getting Started with Programming


My First Computer Programming Experiences:

It seems like it was yesterday, when I had my first computer programming experiences back in the 1980’s. I was actually twelve years of age when my parents bought me the unforgettable Japanese’s SONY HIT BIT F9S Home Personal Computer. It was an MSX 2 standard machine with no built-in floppy drive but with a modified QWERTY-keyboard for the Spanish computer market.


I also remember now, and I have to say with a certain nostalgia, that the first time discovering LOGO programming language (LOGO is an educational computer programming language) and its “Magic” Turtle was exciting as well as thrilling! I was just a kid with a lot of desire to play and have fun. And I did not realise that while I was playing with LOGO, I was also learning something totally new and above all, something different 🙂  


Anyway, I then started to learn to program in BASIC language (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code), which is also a family of general-purpose, high-level programming language, whose design philosophy emphasises ease of use and it became widely used on personal computers everywhere at that time. I remember that I spent hours and hours in front of my computer both, programming and playing games…


It did not take long when I started designing new computer games. One day, I realised that I needed a computer printer, but I did not have money to buy it. So, I then asked my dear grandmother to help me out to buy the printer, so I managed to raise half the cost of the printer, but I still did not have enough money to buy it. Then, I started selling out the computer games that I had programmed early on. Although it took me a couple of months, in the end I was able to raise the other half of the money that was needed to buy the printer for my computer.

When I was sixteen years old, I suddenly began to experiment with PASCAL (The Pascal programming language has a programming structure and syntax like that of the C programming language. The successor language of Pascal is Delphi, which is the object-oriented version of Pascal).

… Finally, about thirty years later at the end of 2017, I started to develop software once again!