• November 27, 2020

The Importance of “Legacy” in Colleges and Universities

By Cameron Seay, guest blogger The global economy runs on mainframes. Depending on who you speak to, between 70 and 80 percent of all business transactions are still running through a mainframe. Even greater than that are ATM and credit card transactions, where 90 percent still rely on these legacy systems. Yet, when we discuss […]

Mainframes, Freight Trains and Education Pains

By David Robertson, guest blogger When I was in college, I had an instructor that, for all intents and purposes, was viewed as a relic. He was a throwback from a time where there wasn’t a computer that wasn’t made by Honeywell, IBM, or Amdahl. He regularly spoke of a time when IBM was ITR […]

Big Data

Where do programming languages come from, and how do they die?

I was recently investigating how best to port an application to the Eclipse development platform. Doing so, I needed to extend Eclipse with the ability parse the application’s programming language. Eclipse has a very nice tool to use called XText. However it required me to learn yet another language called XTend. To be fair, XTend […]