Computers

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 10:30 -- darryl

I've been programming computers since I was in the tenth grade -- which was in 1973.  I was able to learn BASIC at my high school and APL and FORTRAN at the local junior college.  My first job was writing PL/I and soon I was working on compilers.  From there, I went on to Unix kernel work (I worked on the original 386 Unix port) and then on to networking (I have a couple patents on Network Plug and Play).

Now I am into web development.  I've been writing websites for a decade or more, but in 2007 I stumbled into Drupal and have been generally focused there, since.

 

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