I learned to program...

because I loved the logic puzzles my dad brought home to share with me while he was completing his masters in computer science.
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Ana Chang

at age 7 when my dad brought an Apple II home from the office to stop me nagging him about working nights so I could come along and play with the computers.
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Bodil Stokke

in BASIC on an Apple II+ that my dad won in a raffle he forgot he had entered.
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Brian Cavalier

to calculate as many prime numbers as possible with my dad.
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Bryan Marten

by copying simple games in BASIC from a book into my dad's Timex/Sinclair 1000.
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Christiaan Adams

to prove I was smarter than my dad, a math professor (I was 9).
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Christine McGavran

because my dad gave me three choices for summer camp: math camp, science camp, or computer camp — I chose computer camp!
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Clare Liguori

because I was deaf when I was 5, and my Dad taught me how to talk to computers with BASIC.
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David Byard

copying games onto my dad's TRS-80.
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David Fierbaugh

when my dad told me I could make the computer play me a melody using BASIC.
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Helen Hou-Sandi

on a Commodore 64 so I could make text-based games for my Dad.
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Jeff Chastine

teaching myself BASIC from a book on my Dad's TRS-80 Model III, then later hacking on dial-up BBS systems.
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Jeffrey Wescott

at age 7 when my dad gave me a book on HTML.
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Johan Jensen

when I was 5 or 6; my dad taught me so we could make a number guessing game together.
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Keiran McDonald

when my dad brought home a TRS-80 because really there wasn't much else you could do with 4K of memory and a cassette tape drive.
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Kim Wilkens

to simulate model rocket launches with my dad in ninth grade.
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Kurt Thorn

to make my own Windows 3.1 settings on my dad's computer (via KYLEWIN.BAT).
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Kyle Wild

on an Apple IIe when I was 10 in my dad's study, because there weren't many, if any, games. That's how I amused myself.
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Lauren Harwood

by watching my dad program games on a black and white computer console in 1987.
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Michael Nagle

when I was 10, and dad bought the Oric Atmos which ran BASIC; it was insanely awesome.
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Muhammad Nasrullah

on an HP-85 with my dad when I was 6.
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Nadia Madden

when I was six, typing in programs from magazines on a Timex-Sinclair 1000 with my dad.
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Nadyne Richmond

on a computer borrowed from my dad's office, plotting fractals using polar functions.
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Natalie Glance

on a TRS-80 Model III in my dad's office from the book "TRS-80 Programs" by Radio Shack.
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Rob Cameron

using Logo on a Acorn BBC Micro in my dad's shed in our garden at age 5.
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Sam de Freyssinet

so I could cheat at the maths program my dad wrote to improve my maths.
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Sami Greenbury

when I was 11 so that I could beat my dad at Robot Battle.
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Samuel Fout

because my Dad wouldn't buy me any games.
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Sir Dystic

when my Dad gave me an HTML book so I could code little websites alongside him while he was making big, important websites.
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Stephanie Gokhman

on my own in high school, as it was both fascinating and it helped my Dad with his business.
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Tess Winlock

when my dad got me a 386SX on my 10th birthday; I mostly just played the games on it until I realized that I could make my own if I learned how to program.
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Vivin Paliath

when I was 10, by using BASIC on the TK-85 (Brazilian ZX81 clone) my dad had bought for no apparent reason.
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Zeh Fernando