Renato Villone, Software Engineer
I made my first steps as a programmer about 25 years ago, on Christmas eve of the year 1989. After giving up on insisting to get a computer, I was even more surprised to find the Commodore 128-D, which shone below the tree.
Among the manuals was a book, bulkier than the others, titled "BASIC". And so began my journey into programming: drawing pictures on the screen and moving them with a 'joystick', or the needles of a clock with trigonometric functions. Self-taught, copying the book's examples, and always adding things, I never considered a program finished.
With the advent of the x86, I discovered other more powerful languages, like Pascal and C. But it is in C ++ where I felt most comfortable, for many years.
Always interested in topics such as auto control and digital signal processing, it was frustrating not to have hardware to put this knowledge into practice. The boom in smartphones changed this reality: A variety of sensors, integrated on a single, accessible device. The Motorola Milestone from a friend was irrefutable evidence that I should guide my career this way.