Hello World!

Those of you who use WordPress and installed it themselves will probably know that the title for this post is the default one you get after setting the software up. But I had a good reason for keeping it, laziness aside.

In computer programming, every manual, tutorial, or article that teaches you the basics of a language will invariably offer you a first simple example that shows you how to write “Hello World!” on the screen. It is a tradition that has its roots in the first program of the book The C Programming Language, by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie (1978). And it is such a heart-felt custom that there are sites devoted to listing ‘hello world’ variations in as many languages as possible (the most comprehensive one is probably The Hello World Collection).

So, when faced with the decision on what to write for my first post on this blog, I thought the idea of a “Hello World” article would be rather appropriate for me. I come from a strong programming background: I started with the Commodore 64 when I was 11 (BASIC and 6508 assembly).

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