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February 14, 2012 - Celebrate Delphi’s 17th birthday during 3 live webinars

Delphi version 1.0 was launched at the Software Development Conference on February 14, 1995. The several thousand developers gave the team a standing ovation during the launch. This year we are celebrating 17 years of continuous innovation for the Delphi language, run-time library, Visual Component Library (VCL), database connectivity, application architectures, IDE, tool [...]

Want more…Mountains

"Ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you." The lyrics, from the song written by Ashford and Simpson, keep telling me that there is nothing that can stop advance of computer software, developer tools, and operating platforms.
"Climb Every Mountain", the song in [...]

Want more…Sugar

Julie Andrews, as Mary Poppins, sang "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." The "Spoonful of Sugar" song starts "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap the job’s a game".  When I am programming, I am having fun.  Yes, it [...]

Want more…Revolution

Today is July 14, 2011.  It’s Bastille Day in France.  This morning I got up at 3:30am to watch Stage 12 of the 2011 Tour de France.  Stage 12 was the first stage to enter the mountains of the Pyrenees which are on the border of France and Spain.  The stage 12 winner was Samuel Sanchez from [...]

Want more…Bits

Who wants more Bits (binary digits)?  I first started programming in September 1969 on an IBM 360 model 40 as a Freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Computer Science Department.  The IBM 360/40 had a 16-bit data width, 32-bit general purpose registers, and 64-bit floating point registers.  I also got permission to program (using Assembler [...]

Want more…Knowledge

I am in the constant search for knowledge of all kinds. While I continue my search in the areas of software engineering and computer programming, I also explore other areas where software might be used.  In my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Computer Science (1969-1973) I took a range of non-computer science courses as part [...]

Celebrating 26 years here in Scotts Valley - a programmer’s journey

On Monday, June 17, 1985 (twenty-six years ago today), I started working for Philippe Kahn at Borland International in Scotts Valley California.  Twenty six years working on programming languages and for programmers.  The fun of being a part of the software development tools world continues today. While I’m reminded that this is a job, it [...]

25 years here - today - development tools are even better

On June 18, 1985 I joined Borland International in Scotts Valley California.  It was great to come to a developer tools and software company.  It is a special treat to be able to work on developer tools and be a developer.  25 years have passed and they have all been great years.   There have been [...]

Jon Erickson at DDJ is looking for "early computer career" stories…

In the most recent Dr. Dobbs Update email I received, Jon Erickson, DDJ Editor, asks "Let’s Hear About Your Personal Computing History". "What was your first programming job? Anything as exciting as COBOL programs for the Yellow Pages? How did you get Job #1 and why did you move to Job #2?"
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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 [...]

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