Should I be worried? The three most-disliked programming languages in Stack Overflow’s latest blog post are perl, delphi, and VBA. And those three languages all have a special place in my heart. Oops…
Perl I have been enjoying recently and VBA is most of my day-to-day coding (since what they actually pay me for is driving MS Office). Delphi remains the only piece of software I have ever bought based on one marketing presentation. After QBASIC, I moved up to Turbo Pascal 6. When Delphi came out, I only had to see it on screen to be hooked.
Delphi is also what taught me that the magic in a toolchain is really the linker. As I was learning C, I was able to write Windows programs using my DOS version of Turbo C++, linked with the Delphi linker.
Excerpts from Stack Overflow’s analysis follow.
Vim Creep by Rudis Muiznieks. How did I miss this when it came out?
My story is a bit different. I switched to vi (not vim!) on an HP-UX box that didn’t have enough hard drive space for both X and Emacs (really! and this was at work!). I needed multiple terminals more than I needed to wear the ink off my Control key, so…
Read and enjoy!
I heard on the radio the other day that the Costco in Windsor, Ontario put up their Christmas tree August 6. That’s 141 days before Christmas.
Does anyone know a word for a mix of amusment, fatalism, and Christmas spirit?
When a software developer says something is impossible, they are almost certainly lying.
Recently discovered Tom’s excellent post about the psychology of programming. Don’t be distracted by the IMAP-specific context — he’s hit every nail for miles around squarely on the head.