In the real world I cut my teeth on Borland Delphi, Microsoft Visual Basic (which was vastly inferior to Delphi, but that’s another argument for another day), and Microsoft Access. I spent my days inventing systems for a growing manufacturing company, teaching myself SQL, and realising that I should have paid more attention during those college classes about data normalisation. After that I freelanced for a year, churning out websites with HTML and Perl, before “meeting a girl" and getting a job near her — for a systems integrator. I’ve been there ever since.
In the early days we wrote Visual Basic applications to migrate data between corporate systems, but then the world of .NET slowly appeared, and I ended up learning all about C#, XML, PowerShell, WebServices, and so on. Outside of work Linux also appeared, and I found myself tinkering with Apache, MySQL, Python, PHP, and Ruby. I wrote one of the early blogging scripts of note, and a web content management system — all before Wordpress appeared and swept all before it. I was quite accidentally “somebody" on the internet for a short time.