Articles by David Bolton

  • TypeScript: Better Than JavaScript?

    JavaScript has been around a long time; I first encountered it in 2000 when I was working for a web startup. Back in that era of Netscape and Internet Explorer (and testing to make sure your website worked perf…
  • Trying Out ChatGPT: How Well Does It Code?

    After reading that ChatGPT, the chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, can generate code in response to a query, I wanted to see how well it could accomplish this task. Would ChatGPT produce code riddled w…
  • Will A.I. Doom Human Programmers?

    The debate over machine learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) has heated up in recent weeks with the rollout of the ChatGPT chatbot on Microsoft’s Bing search engine, along with Google announcing a rival…
  • The Future of C++

    Even as it approaches 40 years old, C++ remains one of the world’s most successful programming languages. It's likely that you've used applications written in C++ such as Chrome and Firefox browsers, many compi…
  • SQL Developer Skills: Getting Started with Databases and More

    Thousands of organizations need technology professionals who have mastered Structured Query Language (SQL). Those with SQL developer skills can potentially land jobs in a variety of organizations and industries…
  • Assembly Language: Is It Useful? Can You Still Get a Job with It?

    There’s a pervasive myth that being able to program in assembly language makes you a master programmer with deity-level skills. Yet novice programmers can also pick up the nuances of assembly language—provided…
  • 5 Must-Have Windows Desktop Development Tools

    If you develop desktop software, you most likely have a favorite set of software tools to help you get things done. I'm going to steer clear of the well-known ones like Excel for preparing data or version contr…
  • Rust: 5 Reasons to Consider Learning This Beloved Language

    Since the mid-1980s, C and C++ ruled when it came to low-level systems development. Then came Rust, released in 2015 after ten years’ development. Since then, it’s become the most-loved programming language on…
  • .NET Framework vs. .NET: What You Need to Know

    It's been twenty years since the .NET framework first appeared. Since April 2019, it has been frozen at .NET Framework 4.8, and .NET (formerly .NET Core) has replaced it. Starting with .NET Framework 4.5.2, Mic…
  • Cross-Platform Development: Which Languages and Platforms are Best?

    Throughout computing history, your system dictated your software development process. In the personal computing eras of the late 70s and early 80s, if you had a Tandy, you wrote programs for Tandys, Apple II/II…
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