Computer Science. When I was younger, I only played games. I wasn’t intrigued by the machine itself, but I was pretty absorbed into the story. Some of the prominent games I loved
MAC/PC: Thexder, Digger, Hillsfar, Star Wars: – Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, Battlefront, X-Wing, TIE, X-Wing vs TIE – Mechwarrior, Diablo, WoW, Red Alert, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, Company of Heros.
Sega: Thunderforce, Sonic The Hedgehog, Bareknuckles, Golden Axe
PS3: Metal Gear Solid, Colin McRae, Tekken 4
I wasn’t the usual inspired-by-game to go into Computer Science. I wanted to go into Chemical Engineering, but I changed my mind because I wanted to do something more ‘practical’. You see, I had decided computers are the way of the future and Skynet (Terminator) could be a reality. Sound shallow? Well, that was kind of the inspiration behind me embarking into the world of Computer Science.
In 1999, I started to learn C. A very very basic course on programming. What they didn’t teach me then was how to do that at home. We used Borland to write and compile our code. in 2001, I started learning more in Uni. We used Linux and learnt how to code in Python. This changed my entire thinking again. I was inspired by how easy it was to write a few lines of code to do some task.
In Uni we learnt and used C, Python, Java, Haskell, IDL and PHP. There was a project in all of these languages, no running away. By the end of the 4 years, I was pretty worn out and convinced programming wasn’t a career for me. Fast forward to 2011, about 6 years later. I needed to use some coding skills to automate a task at work. And from there, the hacking started again and it’s become rather addictive.
Here’s my story.
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