Returning to programming.
February 5th, 2017 @ 8:49 am


10 LET I = 0
20 PRINT "Are you depressed?"
30 PRINT "1 for yes and 2 for no."
40 INPUT N
50 IF N + I = 1 THEN GOTO 70
60 IF N + I = 2 THEN GOTO 90
70 PRINT "Go return to things you love."
80 GOTO 100
90 PRINT "Keep it up!"
100 END

Took me a while, some online references, and 1 Applesoft BASIC in Javascript emulator to write that code and get it working. But, now it works. It’s a real program.

However, it’s what the program does that’s the point of this post.

I know I have been depressed as of late. I can let it control me or I can control it. I let it control me for a bit, but now it’s time for me to take it back.

I learned Applesoft BASIC in 7th and 8th grades.  They were my favorite classes. There was just something about sitting in front of a screen doing some coding and seeing something come to life amazed me.

I had dabbled with a Commodore 64 prior to those classes, but I remember if you type in a line incorrectly, you were screwed.  And it took forever to record on a cassette tape.  After we inherited my uncle’s 64, my parents were turned offed by it all because of the time that happened to my dad.  It got to the point the only thing I could do on a 64 was this:

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Oh what a time to be 8 in the 1980s!

And when I went into college thinking I’d be a programmer, well, I wasn’t so hot at it.  My HTML skills are from self-learning.  I have this domain as a way to play around with coding. I did you my senior project in PHP, which was a language I didn’t get any support with my professors. The advisor for Senior Project wanted me to code in ASP.net. I tried the PHP class, but it was too advanced for me.  I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the class.  I dropped the PHP class.

Once I graduated and got into the “real world,”  this blog took a back seat and in many ways, still does. I can’t recall the last time I coded anything other than tweaking this blog or writing the code used by my work. And every time I try to return, life gets in the way.

To return back to my life, this week, I’m inputting 2 for the code.

Actually, there was a Reddit post I came across and had me stop and think. It never hurts to learn some more.  I may not be the best at computers and the like, but I can at least learn more than what I know.

So, I looked up the RailsBridge Workshops they have in town. I always seem to think of it when it’s too late. I found this one just in time and decided to go. I’ll see what it’s like after I take it.

And it’s been forever since I did trivia. Well, my trivia people found a new place that isn’t downtown and has parking.  It’s on Thursday nights, which was my old trivia night.  They tried it and liked it.  So, now, I have a standing date again for trivia. I’ve got to see how that goes, too.

But for now, I need to get ready for Super Museum Sunday. A change to go some tour some museums for free.  It’s a nice day outside, in terms of sunshine, and it gives me a chance to take one of my toy cameras and shot a few shots with it.  I really wish I have a few extra bucks at the moment to get some of my film developed.

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