2017 Aug 30 By Dusko 0 comment

The era of object-oriented programming began some time in mid 1980s. New languages started to appear and one them, Smalltalk, began to be available on the then ubiquitious PC. Smalltalk/V was the version for DOS. It offered a rich set of graphics, fonts, shapes and it was as close to the original Smalltalk as it was possible then. (The “v” in the title meant that it used the memory of the PC in a virtual way, so it seemed that the memory was limitless.) I have programmed in many languages, starting with FORTRAN IV on IBM 360/44 at the university….

2017 Aug 30 By Dusko 0 comment

Since 1981 the world was swept away by the existence of cheap personal computers such as ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. Millions of these devices were sold, creating a need for software and documentation — I have the hardware, what else can I do with it? A new class of magazines — computer magazines, appeared out of nowhere. It was obvious that graphics would play a big role in the future of these little computers, so I started out my freelancing career as a writer of a book called “BASIC Interactive Graphics”. The publisher was a UK publishing company called…