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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Infinite Decrease. David Lipschitz Letter to the Cape Times published Thu, 4 Aug 2016

It seems as if the programming language Delphi is being shut down, but the mythology around Delphi as The Temple of Apollo will always exist. See http://joseleon.es/?p=254

Delphi has been my front-end development tool of choice since 1995 when it was released, and before that Turbo Pascal was my tool of choice.

Today, using Delphi, one can develop native applications for Windows 32, Windows 64, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, smartwatches, IOT (internet of things), and others.

My journey with programming started with Assembler, and then in 1979, I become Cape Town's first Apple and BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) expert, at the ripe old age of 15.

My journey in Pascal started in about 1980 on an Apple II with a Z80 card, running CP/M. And Pascal ran on this hardware and software stack. Anything anyone can do in C, I can do in Pascal. The programming language Delphi might be at the end of its useful life, but there is a free version of Delphi called Lazarus.

The zero marginal cost economy ethos says that the marginal cost of everything in a capitalist society will be driven towards zero, and perhaps Lazarus is a true successor to Delphi. Licensing Delphi is about R15 000 per annum. Theoretically, licensing Lazarus is free, an infinite decrease in price.

I am happy to be a programmer.

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