a long time ago, when I was about 14, I read an adventure book. The hero was a computer expert kid who would write programs here and there to solve mysteries and crimes. The book had actual source code for some programs and you could type them into BASIC and see them work!! I asked my dad, hey dad, do you have BASIC? he said, lets see, yeah, and typed a program in. zamm! it did something!!! I imidiately started playing around, changing parameters, etc.
So in effect, I began learn programming and write computer programs BEFORE I COULD EVEN TYPE. I had only had my 386 for a few weeks.
I want that book. I want the book that introduced me to programming years ago, so i can remember the awsomeness toward programming that I felt back in those days.
I dont remember title or author, but the idea was the following
A boy goes around solving mysteries and writing programs.
He likes this girl who also likes programming
There is a villain who is thin, Dr. something or another
There is a good guy who is a very good actor, called “chameleon” or something cuz he can be like anyone
the chameleon acts like this gregarious chubby guy
At a crisis point, the good guys are escaping and have to go through some iron bars, and the fat guy wont fit
the kid convinces him to “be” the skinny guy, then he fits. ( I hope im not mixing stories)
the Programs I remember were
A program that encryptes/decripts messages by simply substituting letters
A program that opens a gate. (the program actually just creates an animation of a gate opening)
thats about all I remember.
How could I find this? PLEASE HELP.