|Hi, my name is, Paul Ramnora. Currently aged 49 years old. I live in London, UK; where I was born, and, brought up. I originally started computer programming using CESIL-Computer Education in Schools Instructional Language; somewhere around the late 70's/early 80's. At that time, I can recall there were no computers on desks nor at home. -(A bygone age when 'mobile phones' hadn't even been invented, yet?!)- Computers were just far too big and extremely expensive to commonly own. So we never actually 'saw' the computer itself that we were writing programs for using pencil on punchcards. The teacher would collect these punchcards at the end of our lesson; then, he would go off feed the punchcards into an 'external' computer...which we never ever saw; and, then, next week, come back and hand out to the class the results of our programs on torn off reams of computer printout paper sheets. |
My next experience of computing was on a Tandy Radio Shack Color Computer II; which came with Microsoft BASIC built in. This was essentially a box containing both keyboard & CPU; that you plugged into the back of your TV, via the arial lead, to use as an output monitor screen.
Because, I really can't remember how I programmed using CESIL/but, it was an assembler-like language: JMP/JNE/-etc.; therefore, I always say that my 1st programming language was BASIC. Later on, I brought a PC/and, started using QBASIC/then, later still, Visual BASIC 6/and, now, I'm working on learning Visual BASIC.net.
In regards to my screen name: pramgoat; p, is the first letter of my Christian name: Paul/and, Ram Goat is the horroscope star sign symbol for people born under, Aries(March 21-April 19). I was born: April 18th.