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About Software Development – I

I want to write about my profession and what I have learned about it in the 20 years that it has been paying my bills and putting food on the table.

My story as a developer actually started much earlier. I cannot say the exact date, because I cannot recall the exact date, but it was in the early or mid-eighties of the last century (damn, I am really old!) and probably before my tenth birthday.

I convinced my parents to buy a Schneider CPC-464, a German version of the legendary Armstrad CPC-464. I also remember that we bought it through an offer that we saw in ‘Alcampo’ supermarket, in ‘La Vaguada’ mall, Madrid. It costed 25.000 pesetas (150 euros), I believe. What I cannot remember is the exact year, or my age. Memory is strange like that.

So, there I was, with my brand new 64kb RAM memory machine with its green phosphorus monitor. I could already play video games at home! But not before spending a long time for the tapes to finish loading (the games). Continue reading

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