Linked by snydeq on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 07:23 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister gets into the holiday spirit with a post that gives thanks to technical advances for developers, including open source tools, modern IDEs, and distributed version control. 'I'm old enough to remember when performance-critical routines meant hand-coded assembly language and sometimes even keying in machine code as hexadecimal digits. We've come a long way since those bad old days, and not surprisingly we owe a lot of our progress to technology. So for this Thanksgiving, here are just a few of the modern advances for which I, as a developer, give thanks.' What are you giving thanks to?
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by cefarix on Thu 24th Nov 2011 19:28 UTC
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- DOS & Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1, as that's what got me interested in programming computers as a 7-year old kid!
- QBASIC and the two BASIC books in my elementary school's library, as that's what taught me to actually program and opened a whole new world for me.
- All the giants of the science of computation, such as Alan Turing, John von Neumann, et al.
- Dennis Ritchie, may he RIP, for the C programming language.
- Tim Berners-Lee, for the web.
- Netscape, for the web browser.
- Java, for introducing me to programming beyond BASIC.
- Linux, for introducing me to the *nix way of doing things, and all that useful CLI stuff.
- Robert Szeleney, for SkyOS, and its inspiration to me for my own OS dev'ing.
- SHAWN OS ("Sure As Hell Ain't Windows Ninety-Five"), for teaching me in code how to do pmode, GDT, LDT, IDT, and all that fun stuff.
- v2os and unununium, for introducing me to other devs and IRC, even if some of them were a-holes ;)
- IRC!
- Freenode!
- Eugenia Loli-Queru for what she made OSNews to be. Ah, the good ol' days.

And too many other things to count and which I take for granted...

Edited 2011-11-24 19:29 UTC

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