The company had originally experimented with SCO Xenix (not UNIX mind you,) which was actually the original reason they hired me -- they had no experience with a UNIX-like OS. The SCO Xenix OS had costed them $1200 and SCO wanted another $1200 (IIRC) for the C compiler and I want to say adding TCP/IP would cost you another several hundred bucks. We also looked at another multitasking DOS (DR/M DOS or something,) that was in the same price ballpark. So the OS/2 price tag seemed quite reasonable to us. Plus, working with it gave me enough experience with the OS to pick up a contract position with IBM on their tech support line, after both owners at that company died of lung cancer. Probably not coincidentally, it was the last place I worked that allowed smoking in the office. There's probably still a quarter-full coffee cup with a cigarette butt in that office, somewhere...
A friend of mine tried to make OS/2 work for his BBS, but never could get it running on the computer he was using for it. OS/2 was a bit fiddly about the hardware it ran on, at the time.
A fortunate move to upstate New York put me on a track to pick up some classes on BASIC and Pascal at the high school and Watfiv and assembly language at a local university that had a high school summer program. My senior project in high school was a graphing program that generated several kinds of graphs using Apple Pascal and the turtle graphics package that came with it. The system could barely handle it, but it was pretty spiffy. I wrote my own keyboard input routines that would allow me to set up fields of a specific size that would only allow certain characters to be typed into them.
College was more Basic, which I was entirely fucking sick of by then, and some scripting languages. I got my intro to REXX there, which was much nicer than Basic. I switched schools into a more CS-oriented program and picked up C, Ada and COBOL. By then I was starting to hear about this newfangled C++, which really sucked back in the early '90's, let me tell you. They didn't even have a STL yet. They started talking about adding templates to the language a few years later.
I don't see much new coming along the road.
There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx