I started programming in the late 1990's when I was at secondary school. Only a few of us took the opportunity to learn programming as an after school activity, and we were taught QBasic.
Back then it caught my imagination, and progressed further and begun teaching myself Turbo C++, and then I moved onto C++ Builder where I wrote a couple of games: City Builder, and Snake.
In 1999 I graduated secondary school and then went onto college to do a computing course where I learned Pascal, C++, COBOL, and HTML. I had high aspirations of getting a job as a computer programmer.
In 2001 I got a temporary job as cartographer in a small mapping company. I told the owner that I was into programming and showed him some of my work. He was really interested and was considering taking me on full time.
Then it all came crashing down, they lost a huge contract and had to lay-off all temp staff.
I struggled for months to get a job, eventually ending up doing a telecommuncations apprenticeship.
It wasn’t until 2010 when I really started getting into using Linux that I begun programming again, although that just some basic BASH scripting.
In January 2016 (almost 20 years after I first started) my love of programming has been rekindled with the creation of NoTrack – a program which has been used by more people than any other application I’ve ever written.