I wanted a computer so bad, but it was expensive at the time and my parents couldn't afford one. they did inlist me in a programming class, i joined as a the only kid amongst adults. this was during the boom of the 8bit home computers, so they teached basic. i started writing programs with pencil & paper because i still didn't have a computer. after a year or so, with some funding from other family members a computer was bough (a typical 8 bit, Amstrad CPC464, awesome) and i finally could type in all those programs i made! other computers followed, programming languanges changed, i evolved along.