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How do you get your software and database development product, news, and other bits? In the Evans Data March 2008 Developer Marketing Patterns annual report one of the questions asked was “Which of the following methods of receiving product info do you like MOST?”, the results were: Online newsletters – 26.5% Email from the vendors – 21.0% Evaluation copies sent to you unsolicited (CDs sent in the mail) – 15.2% Ads in print publications – 12.0% Direct snail mail from the vendors – 11.4% Announcements in online forums – 7.3% Presentations at trade shows – 6.4% P...
From vnunet.com: Top 10 IT priorities for the Obama administration In a recent article on vnunet.com, Iain Thomson and Shaun Nichols, create their top 10 IT priorities list for the Obama adminstration. 10. Use webcasting in government business 9. Update the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 8. Create a Federal Communications Commission with power 7. Immigration - the H1B visa system needs a big expansion 6. Invest in broadband infrastructure 5. Fund university technology research programs 4. Enact laws to make sure that, where privacy is desired, it is ...

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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...

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City of Delphi, Indiana, USA I was looking for additional Delphi resources on the Internet and came across a city, named Delphi, in the great state of Indiana. From the Delphi Indiana website, "Surrounded by lush river valleys, and flat, fertile corn and soybean fields, Delphi is a meld of past and present cultures. Home of the Wabash and Erie Canal. County seat of idyllic Carroll County, Indiana." Meld of past and present cultures - definitely a direct connection with our Delphi. You can find Delphi Indiana on Google Ma...

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Happy Holidays from Embarcadero Technologies Happy Holidays!  Whether you enjoy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Festivus, Winter Solstice, Junkanoo, Muharram 1, New Year's Day, and other holidays during these weeks. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends. Even though these are tough times in our economy and our world, I know we will get through them all together.  I send out the biggest and best of holiday wishes to all of our Embarcadero Community members and to all developers worldwide.  I hope you stay w...
Time spent programming, reading, writing, etc in a "typical" day in 2009 On Tuesday March 7, 2002 Grady Booch invited everyone to tell him how much time they spent doing things, architecting, coding, testing, reading, stuff, of whatever else we do in a day. Grady reported the results of 50 people who reported what they spent time doing on that Tuesday: Analyzing -16% Designing - 14% Coding - 16% Testing - 10% Phone - 3% Reading journals and email - 7% Productive meetings – 10% Useless meetings – 7% Other “stuff” – 17% Since we are getting near the end of 20...
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...
Some of the fundamentals driving today's systems development What factors are driving software systems development?  Economic and business SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis drives some of the decisions to build, modify, update, and retire the systems we build and use.  There are new platforms (what's the latest overloaded use of the term "platform" these days?), new languages, new API(s)/Frameworks, new architectures, new methods, growing collections of best practices, new hardware, and new operating systems that drive syst...

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One Laptop Per Child - Give One, Get One - US, 2nd round Last year I took part in the One Laptop Per Child "Give One, Get One" program. Sitting on my desk at work is the XO notebook computer. OLPC is doing it again starting today, November 17th, in the US. The details are available at the 2008 Give One, Get One site on Amazon.com. The deal: $199 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world and/or $399 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world and get a laptop. The laptops use the Sugar GUI desktop on a Linux-based Fedora Core opera...
Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - What was happening in the industry during 1983? Turbo Pascal version 1.0 was released on November 20, 1983.  There was a lot going on throughout 1983 during the time of Turbo Pascal's development and first shipment.  Here are a few computer industry milestones that took place in 1983. Apple Computer unveils the Lisa computer. AT&T announces Unix System V. Borland International is founded by Philippe Kahn (May 1983). Lotus Development ships Lotus 1-2-3 Release 1.0 for MS-DOS. [David I note:  Spencer Leyton (helped get me my job a...

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