I was about 9. I'd been writing code for about a year, and it had mostly been CLI-only. I wanted to create a spaceship fort out of the bunk-beds and comforters in our room so my brother and I could sit on the bottom bunk with the blankets as walls and the top bunk as a ceiling and see the computer monitor at the end like it's the screen we're looking at traveling through space.
I was able to program a (simulated) hand scanner that "authenticated" me as the spaceship pilot, after which a star field simulator displayed to make it look like we were traveling through space. I wrote it in QBASIC, and remember the feeling that I actually achieved what I set out to do.
I felt like a newbie before that, because:
I felt like I wasn't such a newbie anymore after that because:
Plot twist: I was still a newbie. That was the moment I realized I wasn't such a newbie anymore, though. :)
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