dolmetsch onlinefreeware archives

topics on this page :: links to free software resources

Useful Freeware Archives Links

'Selecting A Programming Language' Made Easy

With such a large selection of programming languages it can be difficult to choose one for a particular project. Reading the manuals to evaluate the languages is a time consuming process. On the other hand, most people already have a fairly good idea of how various automobiles compare. So in order to assist those trying to choose a language, we have prepared a chart that matches programming languages with comparable automobiles.

  • Assembler:
  • A Formula I race car. Very fast, but difficult to drive and expensive to maintain.

  • A Model T Ford. Once it was king of the road.

  • A Model A Ford.

  • FORTRAN 77:
  • A six-cylinder Ford Fairlane with standard transmission and no seat belts.

  • COBOL:
  • A delivery van. It's bulky and ugly, but it does the work.

  • BASIC:
  • A second-hand Rambler with a rebuilt engine and patched upholstry. Your dad bought it for you to learn to drive. You'll ditch the car as soon as you can afford a new one.

  • PL/I:
  • A Cadillac convertible with automatic transmission, a two- tone paint job, white-wall tires, chrome exhaust pipes, and fuzzy dice hanging in the windshield.

  • C:
  • A black Firebird, the all-macho car. Comes with optional seat belts (lint) and optional fuzz buster (escape to assembler).

  • ALGOL 60:
  • An Austin Mini. Boy, that's a small car.

  • Pascal:
  • A Volkswagon Beetle. It's small but sturdy. Was once popular with intellectuals.

  • Modula II:
  • A Volkswagon Rabbit with a trailer hitch.

  • ALGOL 68:
  • An Austin Martin. An impressive car, but not just anyone can drive it.

  • LISP:
  • An electric car. It's simple but slow. Seat belts are not available.

  • Prototype concept-cars.

  • Maple/MACSYMA:
  • All-terrain vehicles.

  • FORTH:
  • A go-cart.

  • LOGO:
  • A kiddie's replica of a Rolls Royce. Comes with a real engine and a working horn.

  • APL:
  • A double-decker bus. Its takes rows and columns of passengers to the same place all at the same time. But, it drives only in reverse gear, and is instrumented in Greek.

  • ADA:
  • An army-green Mercedes-Benz staff car. Power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission are all standard. No other colors or options are available. If it's good enough for the generals, it's good enough for you. Manufacturing delays due to difficulties reading the design specification are starting to clear up.

    By Daniel Solomon & David Rosenblueth, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo

    General Resources For Wintel Systems

    Most of these are sources of free software - if there is anything you really need (updated software, patches, bugfixes, drivers, etc.) one of these sites could save your life.

    Only Freeware
    Freeware Home
    Prime Freeware
    Jans Software Collection
    Web Attack
    Jumbo Software
    Freeware Home
    Freeware Files.Com
    Completely Free Software
    Download Astro.comBoutell.Com
    Freeware Connection
    Cool Freeware
    Freeware Arena
    Dave Central
    Fat Bill's Links
    Freeware Forever
    Freeware Guru
    Freeware Games
    Russian Freeware Archive
    Drivers (Software and Hardware)
    Drivers - excellent resource