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Programming Languages

Issue 065: Pascal

Welcome to the sixty-fifth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, about the Pascal programming language. In this edition, we react to the sudden news of Niklaus Wirth's passing with memories of the past and perspectives of the present; in the Library section, we review "Classics in Software Engineering" by Edward Nash Yourdon; and in our Vidéothèque section, we watch some recent interviews of Niklaus Wirth himself.

Issue 059: BASIC

Welcome to the fifty-ninth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, about the BASIC Programming Language. In this edition, we reconsider the role and importance of BASIC in the education of computer programmers; in the Library section, we review "Endless Loop" by Mark Jones Lorenzo; and in our Vidéothèque section, we review a commemorative video for the 50th anniversary of the BASIC programming language by Dartmouth College.

Alan Perlis And The Evolution Of Programming Languages

Alan Jay Perlis knew a thing or two about programming languages, both as an early pioneer of our industry and as one of the designers of ALGOL. The language that has inspired the one you, dear reader of this magazine, probably use every day to earn a living.

Issue 047: Rust

Welcome to the forty-seventh issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Rust. In this edition, Graham doubts the need to rewrite all the wheels in Rust; Adrian observes the growth of Rust in the past 15 months; and in the Library section, Graham reviews "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael Feathers.


If there is one galaxy in the software development universe that has suffered from the relentless, unstoppable, frantic, and unbearable pace of innovation, that one is, undoubtedly, JavaScript.

Issue 035: Python

Welcome to the thirty-fifth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Python. In this edition, Graham describes the pains caused by the decade-long migration from Python 2 to 3; Adrian describes the preeminence of Python in the software industry of 2021; and in the Library section, Graham types import this in the REPL and recites the Zen of Python by Tim Peters.

The Great Rewriting In Rust

The book "Writing Secure Code, 2nd Edition" written by David LeBlanc and Michael Howard, published by Microsoft Press in 2002, was once required reading at Microsoft, following Bill Gates' "Trustworthy Computing" memo. The fifth chapter of said book is titled "Public Enemy #1: The Buffer Overrun" and it starts with a very interesting historical perspective on the problem, referring to the Morris Worm in 1986 as precedent, and even finding occurrences as far back as the 1960s.

Issue 025: Smalltalk

Welcome to the twenty-fifth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, starting our third year with a rediscovery of Smalltalk. In this edition, Graham explains that Smalltalk was not a pink plane improvement; Adrian dipped his toes in Smalltalk and wrote about his experience; and in the Library section, Graham describes the greatest contributions of Kent Beck to software engineering.

Issue 024: Java

Welcome to the twenty-fourth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, closing our second year with a celebration of the 25 years of Java. In this edition, Adrian tells the story of the success, the backslash, and the renaissance of Java (the programming language) and Java (the virtual machine;) Graham explains what the real story of Java is: ubiquity, stability, and long term outlook; and in the Library section, Adrian reviews what programming languages authors chose for their classic books. Hint: it was not always Java.

Issue 013: Programming Languages

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Programming Languages. In this edition, the first of Volume 2 of this magazine, Adrian explains some major changes in the structure and flow of this magazine, Graham exhorts us to think about mother Earth when choosing a programming language, and Adrian dives into memory lane looking for his first lines of code.

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