The next stage was the transition from CNC machine operator to CNC programmers.
By a happy coincidence, in 1992, I took a retraining course – programmers of CNC machines.
Out of almost 40 students of the course, and half were computer programmers. The rest were mechanical engineers, designers, and technologists.
In the first lesson – acquaintance with DOS, my partner, a mechanical engineer, and I almost formatted the hard disk, by a lucky coincidence – a programmer was sitting near us and his prompt intervention – have been saved the database in the computer. This is how I learned the command in DOS – format.
I do not know what way, but among the DOS commands – this word was the first in the list of commands, and there was not even a note opposite it that this command destroys all data in the hard disk.
This is how my first acquaintance with the personal computer began. In a fairly short time, I mastered the personal computer at the level of an advanced user. Among the custom programs were Mastercam and AutoCAD.
I must say that I have learned many interesting and useful things for myself in computer science from communication with programmers.
Many of these programmers were programming in Fortran, Cobol, Assembler, C, and Pascal.
The most popular language was C; debugging and writing postprocessors for CNC machines took place on it.
And the commands for machine units were written in the format of macros in C.
We must pay tribute to the teachers of the course – they were at a high level. Some of them were teaching robotics, automation, and computer-aided design systems at universities.
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Of all the courses’ students – unfortunately, only 2 out of 40 people went to work on the course profile.
As the reader guessed, I was among those 2_x who continued to work in the field of metalworking by cutting on CNC machines, with enriched knowledge in the field of computer science and with an unrelenting desire to master one of the programming languages.
My next step on the way to programming is in the next blog.