I had another one the other day while I was traveling, and I didn't even really realize it had happened until I got home. On Sunday, I received a tweet that said
FYI: I decided to develop for the iPhone after reading your book, and mainly learned how from it. Thank you! Approved 1st tryNow, that's pretty neat no matter who the author is. Dave and I both love to hear about people who have started programming, or gotten back into programming using our book. It's a huge ego boost for us. It makes us feel good. For me, it makes me feel like I'm paying forward, in a small part, all the help that I've received over the years.
It wasn't until today that I realized that I knew who the author of that tweet is. Dan Bricklin created VisiCalc, the world's first spreadsheet computer program. It was the program that really put the Apple ][ on the map and proved to many people that a "personal" computer could do serious work.
Dan's also a book author, having published Bricklin on Technology this year, and the reviews of it are phenomenal.
If you're curious, check out Dan's first iPhone App: Note Taker.
For those of you who are too young to remember VisiCalc or to have used an Apple ][ outside of a computer museum, this may seems like a minor thing. But for me... well, if I kept a scrapbook, this tweet would go in it, and I would be picking out some really cool stickers to go around it. Glittery stars, dinosaurs. Maybe even dinosaurs with laser guns. And some spaceships. Definitely a couple of spaceships.