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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Mojibake Tengu on Monday October 02 2023, @07:40AM (1 child)

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Monday October 02 2023, @07:40AM (#1326682) Journal

    Scientifically pirated DOS/VSE OS on EC1040, a clone of IBM System/370 machine.
    I think the CPU itself was EC1044, all fresh new TTL logic. It was an in-site replacement of Siemens 2000, ancient DTL logic.

    That one was the very first machine I really punched my own program for, at age 14. So it does count as 'first use'.
    PL/I code. Handed cards into feeder myself. It compiled and worked perfectly on a first run of a job.

    Frankly, I wrote some programs for several other platforms even before, but did not managed to get access to them.
    A word of advice: use pencil and paper to write your program first, before any editing. It helps you to think straight.
    Do not fall into vicious edit/compile/try cycle. In any language. That's the main cause of broken software out there of current days.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 07 2023, @03:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 07 2023, @03:13PM (#1327714)

    I used pen and paper too, then discovered that when you're not into figuring algorithms out it's just quicker to try what works in the debugger then discovered perplexity.ai, which does not require login, and it's the ideal boilerplate/code examples generator. I'm told there are specialized tools for code refactoring and stuff.