Meet Alex Restrepo
REALbasic, custom controls, and iPhone apps
Issue: 8.1 (November/December 2009)
Author: Marc Zeedar
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How did you get into computers and programming?
Well, my father used to teach programming to college students in the late 70's and early 80's, so I can't really remember my house without a computer in it. Somewhere in storage my dad has an Apple ][ and it's the first computer I have memory of. We always had Apple computers in the house. So from a very young age my dad taught me the basics of programming, but it wasn't until my senior year in high school that I really got into programming and eventually went into Computer Science in college.
You're from Colombia?
Yes, born and raised in Colombia. My father taught computers, calculus, and physics in a local university.
Are computers, Macs, and iPhones in particular, popular there?
For the longest time they weren't. Unfortunately Macs, and everything Apple (except for maybe the iPhone) was extremely expensive. It wasn't until the whole iPod success and later the iPhone success that prices became somewhat reasonable (though still much more expensive than PCs). Ten years ago I knew maybe three people who had Macs. Nowadays you can easily spot people using their MacBooks wherever a Wifi hotspot is available.
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