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Tell me about your first ever paid line of code?

makertolentino profile image maker ・1 min read

In my first role as an Associate Web Developer for a small startup, the first ever paid line of code I wrote involved this:

  • Updating an HTML email (using a ton of inline styles)
  • add src tracking codes using URL params
  • 1 paragraph element
  • 1 nested anchor tag
<p styles="">
  <a href="" styles="">
    Link Copy
  </a>
</p>
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Tell me about your first ever, paid line of code!

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Nicholas Stimpson • Edited

It would probably have been in Z80 assembler, for either the Prism Wren luggable or a Kaypro luggable, we resold both with our hardware module in one of the floppy drive bays. I don't recall what the code actually was, it would have been some sort of a bug fix.

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maker Author

I love that you just gave me a bunch of terms to look up. Thanks for the response!

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Aaron Reese

Not my first, but definitely my most profitable. We had a customer who was always complaining about performance. We built some custom code that included a sleep statement. When the inevitable complaint cane in we charged him a days work to reduce the time if the sleep function. In our defence the scope of the project had changed several times and we were already many many days over budget on the original agreed quote.

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maker Author

Now I'm interested in this sleep function πŸ˜…

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Aaron Reese

I think it was in DataFlex so it would literally have been

sleep 10
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Jon Randy

Probably some AMOS code on the Amiga 500. A friend and I were paid to convert some Maths software for kids from the Atari ST to the Amiga. This was probably in the early 90s when I was a teenager. I've been coding since I was 7 years old - back in 1983

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maker Author

This sounds legendary - thanks for sharing!

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Madza

You prolly even did p[styles]>a[styles]{Link Copy} + Tab, right? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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maker Author

Wait, I didn't do this lol... I'll admit I didn't know that many shortcuts back then.