‘Hobby and Sport’My main consumption of time these days, is unfortunately not usedon homework, but on computers. Trendy words like ‘Internet’ and’The Superinformation Highway’ are both terms which seem essentialin my everyday. When I though disconnect from cyberspace, and mycomputer and I are all alone, programming is what I deal with. Imake small programs, and since practice makes perfect, that’s wherel’m heading. QBasic is an updated version of the worlds first programminglanguage, Basic. With Basic you are, compared to other languages, quite limited, but good results can still be obtained, even as abeginner.
I first started to program after one winter vacation, where mycousin can to visit. He knew a bit of how to program, and taught meeverything he knew. I immediately became an addict to the new worldof errorlevels, internal and external commands etc. The firstprograms I made were simple and useless. For example a sequencewhich generates random circles, at random places, in random colorson the screen.
Or a program which asks you how old you are, and howmany cigarettes you smoke everyday. Then it tells you if you smoke
too much. These programs are not useful because they don’t satisfyany of the two demands: 1) It doesn’t fulfill any of my needs. 2)It’s not suitable for a wider audience. Today, the list of programs | have made, satisfy in a much moreprofessional way those simple requirements. I have made, incooperation with a friend, a game which tests your short-termmemory. There must be a thousand of those on the market today, but’RecoN’ has a very nice graphical interface, and online help.
Wereleased the game as ‘shareware’. This means that anyone can havea copy without paying for it, but if they after 30 days chose tokeep it on their computer, they must send X amount of money to aspecified address. Naturally we still haven’t gotten any donations, but at least we know for sure, that the game has been copied towell over 250 persons, so it has satisfied some demands. So how can programming benefit me in a more practical way? Well, I made one program, which works like an alarm-clock. It’s simple, but it works. The knowledge I gathered from making that program, and all the knowledge from all the other programs, will of cause beessential, if I chose to become a programmer after IB. There I willneed all the experience, I can get.