Hello World! v2.0

What is with this Hello World?

A lot of people are probably wondering why a fresh WordPress install always comes with the familiar Hello World! post.  For the non-techies, non-programmers and also for the non-WordPress developers/contributors (like me) it might be a mystery.

Since I am a programmer, my best guess is that it has something to do with the traditional Hello World program that almost every aspiring coder starts out with.  By tradition, beginners are introduced to the programming language by letting them do the Hello World exercise.

It was a long time ago when I wrote my very first Hello World program in class using the C programming language.  It is nothing but a simple program meant to display the words “Hello World” on the screen or on a web browser.  I remember that writing it in C only took a few lines of code like this:

    printf("Hello World");

And so began my journey into the geek world of programming, computers and Linux.  Actually, C wasn’t the first programming language I learned in school but the old, and perhaps obsolete, built-in database programming language on dBase III Plus Database Management System.  Along the way I have touched a little of C++ too, about 3 or 4 full school semesters of Java and then PHP, Javascript, some Assembly and Bash scripting.

Through all those years, and up until now, Linux has been a big part in everything I did that is related to the computer.  From Red Hat 6, Fedora, SuSE, Mandrake/Mandriva, Kubuntu, then finally Ubuntu. I still have and use Windows because it seems I just can’t get rid of it that easily no matter how much I wanted to.

Today, I am writing this very blog on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

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