I did my first commercial work in Turbo Pascal 3.0 in the summer vacation of 1987.
After having used Compas Pascal and TP 2.0 and 3.0 as a student and hobbyist, I accepted the task of porting a Process control application for Timber Drying Kilns from USCD Pascal on a DEC Rainbow running CP/M-86 to TP 3.0 on a IBM PC running PC-DOS. The year was 1987.
In the process, I had to learn how to control serial ports, needle printers and graphic cards. It was one hell of an education and I probably learned more about programming in those two months than in the other ten months at school that year...
I have been around the Turbo Pascal / Delphi community for a while, but usually more as a lurker than a contributor, unless I was doing what I do best... exposing my "ignorance". In my book, nothing is so obvious that it cannot be questioned :)
I have always had the skill of asking stupid questions, and I am increasingly unafraid if using it!
Currently I am an IKT Consultant, Industrial IT at TINE SA.