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April 13, 1987

SYSTEM SOFTWARE PROGRAMMERS MEET IN SAN JOSE TO TALK SHOP

By CBR Staff Writer

An assembly of system software programmers from the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Ashton-Tate gathered in San Jose last week to talk shop, reports Microbytes Daily, and the consensus was that C is the language for systems development – at Microsoft we program only in C, said Charles Simonyi, C now and C forever; the programmers also debated the virtues of single-person programming versus team programming, with most of the assembly coming out as firm individualists, although John Warnock of Adobe Systems said that his company had found a three-person programming team was the most effective, and others acknowledged that major development projects were too large for one person to bring in in a reasonable time-frame; there was also disagreement about whether it was appropriate to use subroutine libraries, with Andy Hertzfield of Apple Computer saying I consider myself an artist – if I were another kind of artist, a writer for instance, would it be right for me to go out and buy a paragraph here, a chapter there, and include them in my book – would it still be mine?

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