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Announcing VBUC 6.5

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 21, 2015 @ 06:10

When I worked in the Visual C++ (now Visual Studio) group at Microsoft, one of the breakthroughs came when our fearless leader, Denis Gilbert, insisted we "eat our own dogfood." What that meant was that we would actually use Visual C++ to build and debug Visual C++. In this day and age that may seem obvious to the point of absurdity, but (this was 20 years ago) at the time the development team used standalone editors like Vi and Make files to do the build. The IDE was for marketing to use in demos...

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, VB6, fun, .NET, C#, Windows

History of BASIC, King James Edition

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 31, 2013 @ 16:10

I've always been a sucker for the majesty and sheer incomprehensibility of the King James Bible, which of course we were read to as children as though we might actually understand it. Since today is a day of illusion, I thought it would be fun to consider what might have turned out if the authors of the KJV had written a history of BASIC. So with apologies to those long-dead literary titans who have added so many many memorable and wonderful sound bites to our language and culture, may I present...

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Topics: Visual Basic, Spoof, fun