Hi, my name is Moriel, and I love programming. Shh…
My experience in programming started when I was 7 years old, in computer summer school. The internet wasn’t available yet (your cue to shriek, youngin’s!) so we sat in front of computers and worked in a programming language called “LOGO“. It was a very basic scripting language that allowed you to input basic commands that controlled a marker on the screen.
This, for instance, drew a rectangle:
; draws a square with sides 100 units long FORWARD 100 LEFT 90 FORWARD 100 LEFT 90 FORWARD 100 LEFT 90 FORWARD 100 LEFT 90
At 7 years old, when computers could barely display 16 colors, I thought it was all the rage.
Things, actually, got a lot awesomer. In our case, we also connected automated LEGO robots to the computer using a ‘bridge’ called “LEGO LOGO“. Our commands didn’t just move a marker on the screen, but actually told the machine we built in LEGO how to move.
I created a little robotic arm that stirred coffee. Needless to say, when presentation day came, my dad was delighted.
With each, I delved in full-force, usually with some project in mind to utilize my newly acquired knowledge. It would usually start with “That looks like an interesting language… I wonder if I can do X,” and followed with doing it, and in the process, learning the language.