From: Neil Rubenking - ziffdavis.com
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 9:14 AM
Subject: Turbo Pascal version 1.0
[ David I note: Neil Rubenking is an writer for PC Magazine covering programming, tools, and solutions to problems. He is the author of seven books on DOS, Windows, and Pascal/Delphi programming, including Delphi Programming for Dummies. ]
When I discovered Turbo Pascal in I-think 1983 I was in "starving student" mode. Even scraping up $49.95 was tough, but $500 for IBM’s Pascal was totally impossible. Learning Turbo Pascal really paid off, in many ways, not the least of which is my current position at PC Magazine.
The magazine’s editors (Bill Machrone, Gus Venditto, Paul Somerson, Bill Howard, maybe others) came to speak at the San Francisco PC User’s Group, of which I was president. Later they took the group’s officers out to dinner. One of them happened to note that their "User to User" column was getting a lot of questions about this oddball new Pascal compiler. When I mentioned my experience with the compiler and with writing for the user group’s newsletter, they invited me to take on the "User to User" column every other issue, calling it "Turbo Power User". The column evolved and changed over the years – now it’s called "Ask Neil".
I continued to write for PC Magazine and later contributed nearly 50 utilities (written in Turbo Pascal and Delphi, naturally) to the PC Magazine Utilities Library. I also wrote a number of books on the subject, though "Delphi Programming for Dummies" is the only one that earned out its advance. I’m not doing development any more except to create tools that I use in testing and evaluating security programs. But none of this would have happened if I hadn’t stumbled up on the original Turbo Pascal advertisement in BYTE.