• Issue #19: Cross-Platform

    Issue #19: Cross-Platform

    Welcome to the nineteenth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Cross-Platform. In this edition, Graham analyzes the economics of cross-platform systems, and its impact in usability, availability, and ultimately, the profit margins of vendors; Adrian searches old issues of Dr. Dobbs’ Journal to contrast the evolution of cross-platform languages, frameworks, and IDEs, in the past 25 years; and in the Library section, Graham explains in detail Adele Goldberg’s contributions to Smalltalk-80 and to the computer industry, in particular through the books “Smalltalk-80: the Interactive Programming Environment,” “Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation,” and “Smalltalk-80: Bits of History, Words of Advice.”

  • Issue #18: Obsolescence,  Library

    Jean Sammet

    From October 24th to 29th, 1927, twenty-nine scientists gathered in Brussels for the fifth Solvay Conference. Among the attendees, of which seventeen got a Nobel Prize before or after attending, were Erwin Schrödinger, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Marie Curie, Hendrik Lorentz, and Albert Einstein. One might think there might have not been such an assembly of brilliant thinkers since the Platonic Academy.