Joaquín Bernal

Refactoring ideas without a test harness

I’m an spaniard programmer and fiction writer. I started programming on a ZX Spectrum and writing with Enrique Páez. Years of exposure to Z80 assembler rotted my brain and Spectrum BASIC made me angry with the world. Now I fake a normal life, but in full moon nights I talk about monads, homomorfisms and extravagant custard recipes. You can know more about me, check my résumé and contact me via email.

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That old, warm, fuzzy feeling

May 22, 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I started programming. More important than when, or how, is that precise feeling I got when I was at the keyboard trying my first programs. When feelings are involved everything it’s hard to explain, but let me try. Caveat lector: High doses of nostalgia ahead.

It was 1985, and Sinclair Research Ltd. had just released the new, improved ZX Spectrum + with “real” keyboard and 64 kB of memory. It was false advertising at its best, because it still had 16 kB ROM and 48 kB RAM, just as its former brother in the line. But it was a great computer, that was for sure.

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