Dr. Dobb's Journal...
Wow, a bit of my past is going away... Funny enough - I referred to that magazine just today in a talk.
Without Dr. Dobb's Journal - there might not be an asktom.oracle.com site.
Why not? What is the link? Dr. Dobb's is just a programmers journal after all (it and the C Users Journal were two subscriptions that changed my life, I learned a lot from them both). Well, the link is that without Dr. Dobb's I might not have learned Oracle - or learned it much later than I did - or learned it differently, less completely.
I wrote about Dr. Dobb's in the foreword to a book once and I'll reproduce it here:
In 1987 I was just graduating from college and starting my career as a software developer. I started as a PL/I programmer on IBM mainframes using two databases – SQL/DS on VM/CMS and DB2 on MVS. I became familiar with SQL, but was limited as to what I could do on these production environments.
One day while reading a magazine, Dr. Dobbs Journal, I noticed an advertisement for a relational database that ran on DOS – simple PC’s. It was a product named “Oracle”. I clipped out the coupon – filled it in and ordered this relational database for $99. About 2 weeks later – a dozen or so 5-1/4” floppy disks showed up in my mailbox and I had Oracle version 5.1.5c and all of the development tools I needed to start playing, learning and exploring with. I was hooked.
That was then, this is now – and now, you have the ability to do in 10 minutes, for free what took me weeks and $99 ($166 in 2006 dollars!) in 1987 accomplish. With the introduction of Oracle Database Express Edition – you can download, develop, deploy and distribute your applications for free.
- Dr. Dobb's Journal
- C Users Journal
- Borland's Turbo Pascal and Turbo C
- Oracle version 5.1.5c
Things that changed everything for me...
Slowly disappearing - well, except for Oracle of course - and C. I haven't read Dr. Dobb's in a while, I still write a bit of C here and there, I definitely use Oracle everyday.