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Hands-on Lab: Programming like it's the 80's

Vlad Moldoveanu

Vlad Moldoveanu wrote his first computer program when he was 10 on a CIP-03 computer that he still own. His passion for technology and the tech communities is what drove him to start the foundation of the Front-End Guild in Deloitte Digital and grow it to over 100 members. Vlad particularly enjoys working with React and server-side rendering technologies. Besides coding he is also a retro computing enthusiast and a bedroom guitar player.

Vlad Moldoveanu


Ever wondered how programming was done 40 years ago?

The famous Commodore 64 or the Amiga 500 – one of the most popular home computers of the ’80s. With impressive hardware like 64k of RAM or 3Mhz CPU and clicky mechanical keyboards, we’re going to recreate a true retro experience and explore the forgotten ways of past programming, gaming and user interface navigation.

We are almost in the age of quantum computing, but no earlier than 40 years ago, computers were totally different. Older programs are true archaeological artefacts that can provide a glimpse into a lost era of challenges and innovations that bedroom coders did to overcome the limited resources and hardware limitations.

During this hands-on lab, we’re going to explore the features of some of the most famous computers of the 80’s and recreate a true retro experience – live programming on machines like the Commodore 64, the Amiga 500 or the ZX Spectrum.



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