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Joe Armstrong, en una lista de correo:

The turn round time for a program was three weeks

  • week 1 – write code on paper forms – send to computer center to be turned into punched cards
  • week 2 – review punched cards, if ok send to machine
  • week 3 – results

The compiler helpfully stopped at the first syntax error which got you back to week 1 – so if you had say ten errors in your program it would take 30 weeks to get it running.

This is a pretty good environment – teaches you not to make mistakes and to think first.

El mail entero vale la pena.

Leo en No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica:

If you want to develop desktop applications—anything that runs at the command line or on the conventional Windows desktop that remains a fully supported, integral, essential part of Windows 8—you’ll have two options: stick with the current Visual C++ 2010 Express and Visual C# 2010 Express products, or pay about $400-500 for Visual Studio 11 Professional.

La tabletización, como parte de la guerra contra el ordenador personal y contra el mundo que éste hace posible sigue adelante haciendo un 2×1: a los desarrolladores los ata un poco más a la plataforma propia, y a los que no aceptan esa sumisión les hacemos pasar por caja.