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Old 31-12-2021, 11:49   #16
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Re: BBC Micro Retro Gaming a blast from the past!

Didn't actually have my own until I got married and the PC/Windows is just too complex now. Most coding I did was in DOS so text mode, even for work it's scripting etc and essentially text based.
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Have to admit, never coded on my home computers - did it for a living (Mainframe Assembler, COBOL, RPG2/3, SQL, C++, Python, et al), so never felt the need/urge to do it in my time off…
So how did you learn? BBC Micro wasn't my first computer experience (we had a PDP8 at school, which did Basic), but it was where I learned how to do assembler, which set me up for life.

Which mainframes did you use? I worked for ICL before I joined NTL, and am a dab hand at SFL (ICL mainframe assembler). A skill I don't get to use any more, sadly.
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Re: BBC Micro Retro Gaming a blast from the past!

I spent meny years writing COBOL for mainframes, at both BT and CCN (now Experian).

They were IBM mainframes (BT ran a lot of CICS systems) we ran batch programs on the databases using COBOL.
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So how did you learn? BBC Micro wasn't my first computer experience (we had a PDP8 at school, which did Basic), but it was where I learned how to do assembler, which set me up for life.

Which mainframes did you use? I worked for ICL before I joined NTL, and am a dab hand at SFL (ICL mainframe assembler). A skill I don't get to use any more, sadly.
After I left the RAF, I went on a TOPS course on Computer Programming, then got my first job in Idle at a Textile Mill, using Mainframe Assembler on a Univac 90/30, then moved on to jobs using RPG2/3 on Honeywell DPS6, IBM S/36 & S38, then moved into Business Analysis/Project Management, Team & Departmental Management, so didn’t code much (except for SQL when I was working with Telecom & Cable Billing systems).
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