27 Jul '13, 6pm

Don't Panic

(Excerpt from The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development) I started my career as a computer programmer because of video games. Since the days of loading games from tape on my Commodore 64, I’ve been hooked by their immersive, interactive experiences. I used to be embarrassed to admit it, but I realize now that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. For me, computer games turned the on-screen environment (the operating system, I guess) into an environment I was comfortable and excited about. My favorite game ever was id Software’s Doom. I was specifically in love with the one-on-one, player-vs.-player, death-match part of the game. Players would connect via modem or serial connection and battle each other in small, fast-paced environments. I got really good at the Doom death match. I often joke that it might be the thing in my life so far that I...

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