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How I Got Started in Software Development

Michael Eaton started a meme with the question: How did you get started in software development? Yesterday Matt Berseth tagged me in his post, so it’s now my turn to answer the questions and tag other bloggers: How old were you when you started programming? While probably most developers started programming at the primary school, I started using computers for more than playing games at my first course at the university in ‘93, when I was 19 years old. Actually it was even the first time I turned on a x86 PC: I used to...

Web Browser History

Today was a rainy day here in Milano, so decided to do a bit of Autumn cleaning, and throw away all my old and, unfortunately obsolete, programming books. I threw away some DHTML books and some ASP Classic ones, and reminded me of my early days of programming and doing web development: I remember that I tested my first website with Netscape 1.something and that my first server side application was built with ColdFusion version 1 and then with LiveWire, the server side JavaScript dialect used inside the old Netscape Enterprise Server. And while looking on wikipedia for these old...