• May 25, 2020

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 […]

Document

What document am I?

Determining the nature of a document Last November I headed up a team[1]* competing in Rocket Software’s inaugural Rocket.Build hackathon. We placed third with a solution that allows our document archiving product Arkivio to determine archiving strategies based on the nature of the document. Arkivio allows administrators to set rules that determine when and how […]

Big Data Programming

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 […]

Programming

What ever happened to computer chess?

Both chess and computer programming are two subjects that have been important to me for many years. Why is it that the subject of computer chess is not very popular these days? Have we gotten blasé about the subject since the defeat of the then World Champion Gary Kasparov by Deep Blue in May 1997? […]