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Breeding Little Languages

What hooked you on programming?

Brian Kernighan: I don’t really recall any specific event. I didn’t even see my first computer until I was about a junior in college, and I didn’t really learn to program (in FORTRAN) until a year or so after that. I think that the most fun I had programming was a summer job at Project MAC at MIT in the summer of 1966, where I worked on a program that created a job tape for the brand new GE 645 in the earliest days of Multics. I was writing in MAD, which was much easier and more pleasant than the FORTRAN and COBOL that I had written earlier, and I was using CTSS, the first time-sharing system, which was infinitely easier and more pleasant than punch cards. That was the point where the puzzle-solving aspects of programming became really enjoyable, because the ....


  

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