age of Python programmers

Roy Smith roy at
Sat Aug 21 21:18:42 CEST 2004

Alan Gauld <alan.gauld at> wrote:
> I'm 46, started programming in 74 in BASIC (dunno what machine,
> it was located at the local university and we downloaded the
> programs from a teletype over a modem(120 baud) and got back
> printouts 3 days later...)

Basic in 1974 sounds just like where I got started.  We had a teletype 
too (the modem was 110 baud, BTW, not 120), but we were connected to 
another regional high school's time sharing system (an HP-3000, IIRC), 
so we got our stuff immediately.  Oh, oh, oh, oh, stayin' on-line, 
stayin' on-line!

Since then, I've done Fortran, lisp, a few different flavors of 
assembler, C, C++, Java, HyperCard/SuperCard, TCL, Perl, Postscript 
(yes, it's a real programming language) and of course Python.  Oh, and 
NewtonTalk.  How could I forget NewtonTalk :-)  And a few different HP 
calculator languages.

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