By: David Intersimone
Abstract: Who is Frank Borland? Where did Frank come from? What does he look like? This little bit of history should shed some light on this historical figure.
Contributed by: David Intersimone
December 7, 1999
Some of you old time members of the Borland developer community will
remember the name, Frank Borland. Newer members may not know Frank at all.
Who is Frank Borland? Where did Frank come from? What does he look like?
This little bit of history should shed some light on this historical figure.
Philippe Kahn told me that the name and image of Frank Borland first
appeared in advertisements and on the cover of the SideKick version 1.0
Later on, Frank appeared in the first version of the Turbo Tutor
manual. Turbo Tutor was a book and disk combination that taught Pascal
programming to those new to the language and Turbo Pascal. The pictures,
drawn by local artists, were used throughout the manual as visual
representations for key programming concepts that were being introduced.
The text and pictures included in this section of the column are taken
from the Turbo Tutor Version 1.0 manual published by Borland
International. The "About the Author" section of the manual tells the
story of Frank Borland.
Turbo Tutor - A Turbo Pascal TutorialCopyright (c) 1984, 1985
Borland International, Inc.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
"Frank Borland is more mystique than mystic, as elusive as the Trinity
Alps big foot, as shy as the famous Loch Ness monster. Even at Borland
International, his namesake, few people have ever seen him. The old-timers
recognize him for his remarkable algorithms, still the fastest in the
"Borland lives deep in the Santa Cruz mountains with his transportable
computer, his burro, and his dogs. In the early days, he didn't have a
permanent homestead, but lived in a couple of camps deep in the redwood
groves. Now, Frank has settled down a little, bought a cabin, and is
raising a family, thanks to the success of his programming."
"These days he is seen even less around town, but still can
occasionally be reached by modem."
"If you are a CompuServe user, you are closer to Frank Borland than you
realize. He is writing either a gothic novel or an epic poem -- he hasn't
decided which -- entirely in bulletin board messages left on different
SIGS (Special Interest Groups). But he never uses his real name, and he
switches names often, so his writing is hard to follow. Look for messages
in cadence or rhymes. (You can find information on Borland products and a
Borland SIG by typing GO BOR from any CompuServe prompt.)"
"Frank is a warm-hearted person. He wrote Sidekick (one of his latest
programming efforts) for humanitarian reasons. Carrying notepads,
calculator, and calendar from camp to camp was beginning to stunt the
growth of his burro, Lotus, so he wrote Sidekick to make all that
unnecessary. He left a note in our mailbox, saying he'd saved Lotus'
"He rarely talks about his background, or why he chose to abandon
normal life and take to the mountains. Some say it had to do with changing
the whole motherboard on a PC, just to replace a single chip. Others blame
the high price of microcomputer software. We don't really know. Do you?"
This article appears in the
Inprise/Borland community museum. Included in the museum
a collection of pictures, advertisements, and archive files (ZIP format) containing the
install images for antique versions of Borland language products. You'll find the
at http://community.borland.com/museum/. Note: You must be a community member to
access the museum.
If you'd like to make a contribution to our online museum, please send it via email to
David Intersimone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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