Was waxing nostalgic with my friend (another older guy like me) at work about the memory limitations we faced as young developers. On the very memory limited Vic 20, I can remember the need to go back and optimize my code so that it would fit within the available RAM (3.5 KB for Basic code). IDEs were non-existent or trivial in their feature set. Even in college, we spent some time with punch cards which had to be one of the most unforgiving ways to get code into a machine. Even later on, it was very expensive to develop software when your choices were Unix (not Linux) or DOS. Ashton-Tate’s DBase cost over $500 (which was a lot in the late 80s). That’s why we flocked to the cheap Turbo Pascal. Visual Studio (and Visual Basic) arrived and started to gobble up the low-end even though it still wasn’t cheap.
If you’ve ever had the desire to learn to code, then take the opportunity to jump in and start creating something great. Grab an Arduino or Raspberry Pi and start reading some tutorials. Download the Visual Studio 2017 community edition and jump into .NET (which runs on Linux and Mac these days). Great hardware, great languages and great environments. What a great time to be a developer.