My first computer program was written almost quarter a century ago on a BK-0010 computer. It was very simple: the program asked the user to enter their name and then greeted the user using the entered name, like “Hello, Artem!”. I was fascinated. A couple of lines written in Vilnius BASIC transformed a piece of metal and silicon into a considerate thing that cared about a person’s name enough to remember it :-). Of course, the first experience doesn’t represent the day-to-day routine of software development, but the moments when I see a couple of lines making an amazing transformation still enchant me, and remind me why I’ve been writing code all this time.
I’ve just experienced this very same first-time feeling as we’ve released …[Read more]