Dev-SysAdmin Meme

MoW poked at me, so I guess I can’t let the crazy dutchman down:

How old were you when you started using computers?

10 or 11

What was your first machine?

An Amstrad CPC 464 with Green screen.

What was the first real script you wrote?

I vaguely remember being delighted at having a rocket (Chr$(239)) ascend the Amstrad’s screen when I figured out that STEP –1 was the key in getting a for/next loop to count backwards.

What languages have you used?

    • Powershell, VBScript, JavaScript, Tcl, Perl, Batch/4NT
    • Z80A, 8088/8086 (NECv20/v30) assembler
    • Basic, Turbo Pascal, Turbo C, C++, Java, C#, VB.NET

I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to development. The list above is just what I can remember ;-)

What was your first professional Sysadmin Developer gig?

After helping out a friend’s dad put together a training course for Visual Basic 3.0, I then managed to blag a job coding Ireland’s first ever major e-commerce site using MS Merchant Server 1.0 (which predated ASP 1.0) for a leading ISP.

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started in IT?

I might have started a little bit earlier even!

If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new Sysadmins (or Devs), what would it be?

Just one thing? Learn Regular Expressions as it will pay you back ten-fold for whatever time you put into it.

What is the most fun you have had scripting?

There’s only one answer here: writing extensions for PowerShell.

This particular branch of the meme ends here as I don’t think I can tag anyone who hasn’t been tagged already.

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Irish, PowerShell MVP, .NET/ASP.NET/SharePoint Developer, Budding Architect. Developer. Montrealer. Opinionated. Montreal, Quebec.

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