I was talking to a software dev guy that I share an office with and we got to talking about how we both learned the basics of programming on the Texas Instruments version of BASIC they include on their calculators for scripting math functions.
I'm 18, and he's probably 30+, but we both shared the same experiences in High School of writing programs (sometimes selling programs :P ) for our math and science classes.
Most of our teachers took the attitude of: "If you are smart enough to write the program, you're smart enough to use the function anyways so you might as well use the programs to save time."
Anyone else share the experiences of writing programs to be given to friends during lunch to help them with their classes like we did?
First programming experiences are such sweet memories :)