Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Oct 2009 14:47 UTC
Legal Let's do a little trip down memory lane. We're talking the '80s, early '90s, and we're looking at a company called Borland, which produced several well-known and popular products related to software development. Back in those days, Borland had an end user license agreement. However, contrary to the EULAs we know and despise today, Borland's 'No-Nonsense License Statement' was a whole lot simpler, and in fact, is a perfect example of how software should be treated.
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Furthermore ...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 15th Oct 2009 14:55 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

After their software was ancient and of no longer practical use for serious development, but still of interest to nostalgic hobbyist like myself, they released it free of charge on their website. I liked borland, but I think they really screwed up Delphi.

Also to be fair, Microsoft poached all of their talent.

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Borland in a box
by Doc Pain on Thu 15th Oct 2009 17:31 in reply to "Furthermore ..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

After their software was ancient and of no longer practical use for serious development, but still of interest to nostalgic hobbyist like myself, [...]


When I was at university, I thought that - having programmed in Assembler, BASIC, Logo and 4th before - TurboPascal was a real good programming language. I just had started programming in C, so many things looked strange there to me at first glance. A buddy gave me a complete Borland TurboPascal 7.0 box, including four 3,5" diskettes (those litte squares with the magnetic thingy in it, for those who don't know them) and several printed manuals (books made of paper with letters and pictures on it). The day I got this present I decided to not program anymore TP, because I fell in love with C. I hope nobody gives me a Borland C box as a present so I will have to look out for another primary programming language... :-)

I still have that box sitting on my "nostalgia shelf".

Here in Germany, Borland software was obviously present quite up to 2000. Especially schools often used TP 6.0 for "educational purposes" (haha). Even Borland Delphi made it into the classrooms for a short period of time, but today, nobody remembers the word "Borland" anymore.

Only exception: "Al Borland, name that wood!" :-) I always remember that sentence (but in german, "Al Borland, sag den Namen der Holzart!"), and the corresponding "Home Improvement" scene appear infront of my mind, when someone mentions "TurboPascal" or "Borland"...

And very few people can remember other Borland product names that do not primarily refer to programming languages.

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RE: Furthermore ...
by snorkel on Fri 16th Oct 2009 05:05 in reply to "Furthermore ..."
snorkel Member since:
2006-03-16

Borland no longer owns Delphi, it's now owned by Embarcadero and the lastest version Delphi 2010 totally kicks butt, no kidding. Way better than .net garbage.

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