They are back!

If you are a programmer in your late twenties, chances are that you learnt your programming using one of the greatest IDEs ever created – Turbo C or Turbo C++. The Turbo tools were light , easy to use and had a great help system combined with a powerful editor.

The legendery Turbo set of tools later gave way for Borland C++/Delphi and were eventually forgotten. [though I can still see some new comers using these tools]. The good news, in case you did not know is, the turbo set of tools are back! This time, they are available for C++, C# and Delphi – the best part is they are free. Download them here.

No wonder, Microsoft’s decision to make the Visual Studio express editions a free download has pushed Borland to come up with these free tools which are essentially stripped down versions of their enterprise IDEs. Competition always helps and as they say, we are the winners eventually.

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15 Exercises for Learning a new Programming Language

Recently, I needed to learn the C# language to quickly develop a mobile application (for my personal use). I started the worst way – I picked up a big fat book. Even before I could complete the first chapter, I lost all the interest and resorted to the web looking for some short tutorials. Even that turned out to be a boring task as most tutorials start with the syntax of the language along with some silly examples to illustrate points.

The approach suggested by Prashant in this article is interesting and no doubt, will help anyone to learn a language pretty quickly. Simple, yet very effective approach, which will make learning a new language a real fun.

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