age of Python programmers

Jeff Shannon jeff at
Wed Aug 18 22:00:47 CEST 2004

I'm 35, and have been programming off and on (more off than on) since I 
was about 11. 

First program was in Basic on a TRS-80, quickly moved on to Apple //e; 
didn't program at all in high school, took a "programming for engineers" 
course in college (Basic & Fortran), then after college decided to teach 
myself C.  Another break of some years before I bought myself a (used) 
386 PC, and resumed dabbling in C, then C++.  At this point (about 8 
years ago) I became hooked, and started devouring all the programming 
and software engineering/design books I could get from the library.  
Once my job started including coding (mostly [Pick] Basic & UHL, a 
proprietary [and horribly ugly & evil] scripting language), I decided to 
pick up Python (based largely on a Dr. Dobbs Journal Programmer of the 
Year award to Gvr, and the article about him and Python they published 
then) and never want to look back. :)

Jeff Shannon
Credit International

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