Many years ago, I used to be the Editor of a glossly monthly magazine aimed at professional computer programmers. At the time, there was at least half a dozen such magazines in existence, but now there are none. At least, not in printed form. It's easy to assume that the internet is what killed off such magazines. After all, why wait 6 months for a particular how-to article to be published when you can simply search for your required information on Lycos, Altavista, Gopher or, in the latter days, Google and Bing?
But there were actually 2 nails in the coffin of magazines aimed at programmers and the internet was just one of them. Magazines survive by selling advertising space to relevant companies, and as Microsoft came to dominate the market there were fewer and fewer other companies left for whom such magazines were the place to be seen.
Back in the day, one of Microsoft's biggest competitors was Borland with its Turbo Pascal language. Those who used it generally thought it was wonderful. Personally I was more of a Visual Basic fan. But if you remember Turbo Pascal and fancy trying it out again, you can. And all without downloading or installing anything. All you need is a web browser.
Head to http://www.teamten.com/lawrence/projects/turbo_pascal_compiler/demo/ to get started, and operate the system by pressing a key corresponding to one of the yellow letters on the screen. If you've never written in TP before, start by choosing D to see a directory listing of programs available, then press W and type in the name of the program you want to load. Then press R to run it.
Ah, the good old days.
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