‘Hello, World!’

I have begun a journey into the world of programming. This isn’t actually something I started today, this week, or even this month. Although I have made my biggest strides in the last 45 days, I have been fumbling my way here for a decade. I am surrounded by people who code. People who I respect and admire. People whose conversations I have listened to with little understanding but some degree of fascination.

In some ways, those conversations are both why I am here now and why it took me so long to get here. Like any subject, the depths of computer programming can be confusing and intimidating to the uninitiated. Sure, reading and writing simple code that does simple things is, well, simple. In fact, my brother and I plugged away at BASIC programs on our Atari 8-bit, painstakingly copying code from the pages of A.N.A.L.O.G. and Antic. Going beyond the mundane adds another layer of mystery and difficulty, but, as I am finding out, that is just a matter of learning syntax and vocabulary.

The conversations I was listening in on are still out of my grasp, intellectually. But I will get there. I will understand the acronyms and lingo. TDD and REST and mutability and composability and lexical scope and monads and, and, and… I’ll get there. Hopefully you’ll get there with me.

40 PRINT “All the best,”

50 END

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