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24 years of software development work in Scotts Valley... I just got back from two weeks in Europe visiting with great customers, partners, and press in Moscow, Milan (Piacenza), Hamburg, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, and Maidenhead. I arrived back in time to celebrate my 24 years, today, here in Scotts Valley working for Embarcadero (Borland International, Inprise, Borland Software Corporation, DevCo, and CodeGear).  Twenty-Four years focused on developers who want to use the best developer tools on the planet. I remember arriving at the 4585 Scotts...
Old-school programming techniques you probably don't miss "...and today can blissfully forget" by Esther Schindler, ComputerWorld Developer http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Development&articleId=9132061&taxonomyId=11&pageNumber=1 Esther has written a wonderful article on Computerworld's Development site. She highlights 11 programming techniques that developers sent her after she posted a request on FaceBook and otehr sites asking developers to send in their thoughts. The article ...
Where in the world has David I been the last three weeks? Hello from Beijing.  I am at the last stop on a three week application development and database development tour and vacation trip in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China.  While on the trip I have visited with many developers, customers, community leaders, and even a university (Hohai University in Nanjing).  Loads of excitement about the developer tools being part of Embarcadero Technologies (even if it is still harder to pronounce and spell than CodeGear - especially in Japan and China). ...

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Bjarne Stroustrup on educating software developers I am a huge fan of Bjarne Stroustrup.  He has made many important contributions to our world of programming programming languages, our programming world, and to Computer Science.  As a researcher, teacher, and speaker, Bjarne continues to help improve the world of software development just as our Embarcadero Developer Network strives to help software developers improve their skills, enrich their jobs, and help move the state of computer programming forward. Last month, James Maguire, Datamati...
What programming and domain specific languages do you use every day? In the course of a typical day I use a range of programming and domain specific languages in the programs I build, the demos I create, and the presentations I give.  If we were just talking about the most used programming language for any one developer, each of us might mention C, C++, C#, Java, Delphi, VB, PHP, Python, and Ruby as our preferred language. In the earlier years of computing (say, before the 1980s) we might list one higher level programming language that we use along with some a...

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CodeRage III - Day 4 - Thursday, 5am to 8pm (Pacific Time) It’s the fourth (of five) day of CodeRage III.  It's Thursday and now there are only 1.5 days left for CodeRage III.  This morning, in room #1, it's the Al Mannarino JBuilder and Java show.  Al is one of Embarcadero's Software Consultants in the US.  He is giving back to back to back technical sessions starting at 5am in Room 1. You won't want to miss the "SQL Optimization for the Application Developer" session by Greg Nerpouni, Embarcadero Product Manager at 4:30pm in Room #1. There wi...

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Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - a month of memories This post ends thirty days of blog posts in celebration of Turbo Pascal Version 1.0's 25th anniversary.  I've tried to post a selection of memories and technical details but I knew I would not be able to tell the whole story in just one month.  I will continue to collect the historical documents and memories and post them periodically in my blog.  So keep sending in those stories and technical tidbits. Here are a few additional memories from community members about Turbo Pascal.  While they a...

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Memories of Turbo Pascal - Larry O'Brien, Hawaii From: Larry O'Brien - knowing.net Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:21 AM Subject: Re: Turbo Pascal version 1.0 anniversary... [David I. note: Larry O'Brien is a professional writer and software developer who lives on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Larry has been Product Review Editor for the magazines Computer Language and AI Expert, Editor-in-Chief of Computer Language and AI Expert, founding editor of Software Development magazine and Game Developer magazine, and Editorial ...

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Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - Memory Management, CP/M-80 From the Turbo Pascal manual: The following diagrams illustrate the contents of memory at different stages of working with the TURBO system. Compilation in Memory - During compulation of a program in memory, the memory is mapped as follows: 0000   CP/M and run-time workspace   Pascal Library   Turbo interface, editor, and compiler   Error Messages (optional - when you start TURBO.COM it asks whether you want to load them or not)   Source text   Object code - growing upward ...
Memories of Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - J.D. Hildebrand, United States From: J.D. Hildebrand - hildebrand.com Sent: November 3, 2008 Subject: Turbo Pascal [ David I. Note: J.D. Hildebrand has been an award-winning magazine editor, a self-taught programmer, and a mediocre jazz musician. J.D. has done a fair bit of writing, including the Open Source Watch column from SD Times, and many contributions to the Borland (CodeGear) Developer Network. J.D.'s contributions to computer journalism seemed important at the time. He edited Computer Language, Portable 100, Pro...

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