from the the-future-moves-fast dept.
mAriuZ writes "From Jim
Starkey: "September 4th is the 20th anniversary of what is now Firebird. I quit my job at DEC
in August, took a three day end-of-summer holiday, and began work on
September 4, 1984 in my new career as a software entrepreneur. As best
as I can reconstruct, the first two files were cpre.c and cpre.h (C
preprocessor), later changed to gpre.c
The files were created on a loaner DEC Pro/350,
a PDP-11 personal computer that
went exactly nowhere, running XENIX. Gpre was my first
C program, XENIX was my first experience with Unix, and the Pro/350 was
my very last (but not lamented) experience with PDP-11s.""
A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start,
and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim.