I started using basic on my C=64 when I was just a wee lad and I did all manner of shell scripting and packaging in the dot-com. And there were of course all the structured programming classes....
But my first “real” coding experience was writing some really useful and functional CGI applications with perl.
It was a profound experience to write code that actually “does things” for “anyone” on the internet instead of my usual automating manual tasks.
The night of my first prod deployment, I dreamed that I was coding things into existence... a chicken for example.
Definitely a sign of working too hard when you typecast avians but I still remember it very clearly as my first coding experience.
It sounds like maybe you were having a premonition of Chicken.
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