There and Back Again
Like many kids of the eighties, I got my start with personal computers programming the early eight-bit micros. It's what you had to do; most computers didn't come with a large selection of ready-made software. If you wanted to really use your computer, you had to learn to program your computer.
That wasn't a hardship. Many of us found that we had an aptitude for programming and enjoyed solving the puzzles new projects presented. We wanted to learn and showcase new skills, making games, music, and business software, and having fun in the process.
Of course, we can never tell how things will turn out. One path leads to another, and we often find our way back with great difficulty, or not at all. In the words of Robert Frost:
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
However, after twenty-eight years training IT professionals, I've decided to dust off the old skills, learn some new ones, and get back to the road not taken. It's been a while, and things have changed a bit in the four decades since I got my first computer. But I feel almost like I'm returning to an old homestead and familiar friends. Let's see what the next few decades will bring.