Holger Jakobs - mailto:[email protected] , see also http://www.jakobs.com
I live in Bergisch Gladbach http://www.bergischgladbach.de close to Köln http://www.koeln.de in Germany teaching several IT related subjects at Bildungszentrum für informationsverarbeitende Berufe http://www.bg.bib.de , an IT-related vocational training college (Berufskolleg für Angewandte Informatik).
- Tcl/Tk -- not into Perl
- LaTeX -- not into Word
- PostgreSQL -- not into MySQL
- Linux -- not into Windows
because I prefer the better solutions.
Most of my programming I do with Tcl/Tk, because I believe it is the easiest way to get things done.
What I would like to have in Tcl/Tk is better support for sorting Unicode according to language-dependent rules instead of following the numerical order of the glyphs. see lsort and http://www.unicode.org/unicode/reports/tr10/
Of course I have tried lots of programming languages:
- Basic (Wang, Commodore, Simon's Basic)
- FORTRAN - had to!
- COBOL - hat to, luckily only a little!
- Pascal (Turbo, Professional)
- Modula-2 (JPI) - was my favourite for years! Took me some time to equip it with the 'widgets' (in text mode, of course) I needed. Was not very useful with Windows, only DOS.
- C - took me quite some time to get used to what it all lacks. As a Modula-2-Programmer you are used to a more structured work. It's a pity that Modula-2 lost and C won.
- C++ - at least some good ideas of Modula-2 came back here. Still too complicated building cross-platform GUIs. Maybe I'll try wxwindows one day.
- Realizer - was once a competitor of MS Visual Basic by Computer Associates. Not very good.
- Tcl/Tk - the best and most complete kit of useful things I ever discovered
- Java - only little insight, is just too complicated, too deeply nested object hierarchy
- PHP - only for two little jobs with MySQL (shudder!!) where nothing else was available