My name is Brian Roys and I’m a Senior Software Engineer.
When I was fourteen (1973) I saw my first program printout, not the data output but a program listing. It was from a Wang 600. My buddy, Jed, a year ahead of me was in High School (I was still in middle school), had printed it out “This is a computer program,” he excitedly explained to me, “It does this, then this, then this, then this, all over and over again until this is equal to zero.” I saw that and said “I know how to do that. I can do that. I’m going to be Programmer when I grow up.” That summer I rode the bus down to the University Bookstore (in Seattle) and bought a college textbook on FORTRAN programming (by Daniel D McCracken) and read it cover-to-cover; I knew how to program in FORTRAN.
Since that day I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve done the good, bad and ugly. I want to share my experience and wisdom.