Lambdaphant Interview with Steve Huffman From

How did you get started hacking?

My dad got me started with BASIC programming when I was 8 or so. I learned most from programming magazines. One of the formative books I read was "The Super Computer Snooper" by Dr. Isaac Malitz. It was geared towards children, but covered fairly advanced topics (like writing self-modifying programs), all in BASIC.

What advice would you give to kids interested in programming?

I feel like kids don't need advice as much as they need guidance. Unfortunately, it seems harder to learn how to program these days than when I was a kid. I hope there's a great Python-tutorial-for-kids out there, but it's been a while since I learned :)

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