Looking for a defined path to learn Rev (for new users)
capellan2000 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 13:53:56 CST 2009
The way that you describe this task of early computer programming,
it sounds like a mental and physical challenge.
Did you know if there is some multimedia simulation of card
punching programming, made with Flash, Director,
Hypercard or Runrev?
Francis Nugent Dixon wrote:
> Hi from Paris,
> Stephen Barncard sent :
>> If one has ever had to work with punched cards
>> (and I have not) genuinely
>> deserves the title "hard core".
> Not only did I work with punched cards (and I think
> there are more of you out there), but when the IBM026
> and 029 card punches were not yet available, we used
> the Hollerith key punch to punch our cards by hand.
> Thems were the good old days, when (if I remember
> correctly, the left bracket was 12-0-1-8-9, that is
> 5 holes in the same column. Needless to say, we often
> made mistakes, but it took so long to punch a card, that
> we used to stick the confetti back in the holes, and then
> correct the cards. Obviously, after feeding the cards
> through the reader, a few times, the wire brushes often
> knocked out the confetti, and we got a "reader check".
> Then we had to examine the card and decide what hole the
> confetti had fallen out of !!
> And my VERY FIRST program on the IBM 1401 involved punching
> up the whole program in machine code, including the bootstrap.
> If you have never punched the command "Set character to word mark",
> you have never really lived ..... :>)
> Oh my God - Am I that old ?
> "Nothing should ever be done for the first time - but it often was !"
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