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Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:18 am
by helpful
September's online meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London will be:

From Fortran to Fireworkz - a programmer's voyage, presented by Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft and Colton Software
Monday 21st September 2020, 7.45pm
Online via Zoom, meeting open from 7.30pm
http://rougol.jellybaby.net/meetings/index.html

Back in the 80s, Stuart Swales worked at Acornsoft producing software for the BBC Micro, particularly programming languages. When Acorn found themselves with no operating system for their super new ARM powered Archimedes, Stuart became part of the team for Project Arthur, coding parts of the OS that would become RISC OS.

In the 90s he moved on to become lead programmer at Colton Software, working on the integrated wordprocessor/spreadsheet/database application PipeDream and its "successor" Fireworkz. PipeDream and Fireworkz are now open source and free to download, and he still maintains them both. (Note Fireworkz Pro is still a commercial application available from R-Comp)

Stuart will be joining us from his cottage in Scotland to tell us about his long history with Acorn and RISC OS, and how it all started.

This meeting held online via Zoom. Please contact me to receive a link to the meeting on the day.

Bryan.

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:57 am
by helpful
Today! Still time to request the Zoom link :-)

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:53 pm
by Arcadian
I'll be there, looking forward to hearing from Stuart again! :)

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:35 pm
by SKS1
That was fun! Thanks for staying awake, peeps

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:12 pm
by flibble
Thanks for the great talk. now to try to figure out what Pipedream for the beeb is :)

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:55 pm
by SKS1
I am more convinced that it was an early View Professional and that Acornsoft just wanted it to fit with the well-established View branding - Rob would know! Sadly lost touch

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:07 am
by helpful
SKS1 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:35 pm
That was fun! Thanks for staying awake, peeps
Yes it was fun! Thanks for giving up 6 (or was it 7!) hours of your time =D>

Video to follow, but might take a while to edit it down a bit...(good luck Leo!)

Re: Stuart Swales, ex-Acornsoft, online at ROUGOL, Mon 21st Sept 2020

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:09 am
by helpful
Links to the slides and the video are up on the meeting page. It edited down to "only" 3 hrs 48 mins!
-> http://rougol.jellybaby.net/meetings/2020/sep.html