I’ve just been reading an article on one of my favourite software development blogs: Joel on Software. It was a post on the importance of doing Daily Builds when you are developing software, but the point that jumped out was a reference back to the days when PC workstations were equipped with floppy disks.
Joel referred to the IBM Pascal compiler that came on three floppy disks; with each compiler pass on a separate floppy.
Blimey, I remember those days too. Compiling a non-trivial program took ages. I was developing programs that modelled real-world events like packet switching networks: and these were certainly non-trivial!
Does your software development history go back to the 80’s? Do you remember the agony, and the ecstasy of developing software in those days?