I discovered my first program while searching for games to play on a local BBS. I was 9 or 10 and I downloaded a QBASIC program that was a fortune teller. Being able to see the code was all it took. I was hooked.
Into the deep end
When I was 13 I asked my parents to get me a C++ compiler for Christmas. I still remember how overwhelmed I felt trying to learn C++ in the pre-google days by going through all those manuals.
The rest is history
I have never lost the bug. Vacations not withstanding I haven’t gone more than 2 or 3 days without writing code since that day I discovered QBASIC. Writing code is something I have to do. Over the years I’ve developed a strong interest in treating programming as a craft. I really believe that we should put the same level of love, care, and quality into our code that a master craftsman puts into his work.
Few things give me more satisfaction than that moment of joy when I finally figure out a hard problem. I want to apply my love of problem solving and programming to help change the world.
I am intrinsically curious, a continuous learner, and I am constantly looking to solve problems in new ways.