Links to other sites
This section has links to other interesting websites. These sites are about programming, web
design or other software tasks.
- C/C++ Compilers
- Pascal and Delphi Compilers
- Other Compilers (any language)
- Linkers and Assemblers
- Interesting Software Products
- Sample code
- Information about Language Design
- Weblogs (online commentators)
- Computer History
- Website design and Web references
- Icons and Bitmaps for use in Websites
- Security measures (anti-virus, anti-spam)
- Domain Name Services and Web Hosts
- Download Sites
- European Shareware Conference
1. C/C++ Compilers
These links are sites that have C or C++ compilers. Some of them are free, some are not, some
are distributed under the GPL (Gnu Public Licence).
www.cs.virginia.edu/~lcc-win32 is a site
with a portable C compiler (LCC-Win32 compiler). The binaries for this compiler are free for
non-commercial use only. It is not distributed under the GPL.
also a site for the portable C compiler. This is a different version of the same compiler. LCC was
made to be a portable compiler for any platform and was the subject of a book called A
Retargetable C Compiler. LCC-WIN32 was a Windows spin-off, then the original LCC was ported to
Windows as well.
2. Pascal and Delphi Compilers
These links are sites that have Pascal or Delphi compilers (Delphi is Borland's implementation
of Pascal for Windows). Again some are free, some are not, and some are distributed under the
www.freepascal.org is a site for FPC (the Free Pascal
Compiler). This is compatible with Borland Delphi and is distributed under the Gnu Public Licence.
Binaries created with this compiler are distributed under a modified version of the LGPL (Library
GPL). This permits the binaries to be distributed without source code.
is a site for free Pascal and Delphi Compilers. This is an interesting and well-put together
3. Other Compilers (any language)
These links are sites with compilers for a mixture of languages, or for languages other than C
www.bloodshed.net is a site with some free software
tools, including C and Pascal compilers. This is an interesting site with information about
compilers, free software, articles and is well worth exploring.
www.idiom.com/free-compilers/ is a catalog of
free compilers, interpreters and language tools. There is a long list of languages and compilers,
however the site may not be up to date as the copyright notice is 1998.
freebyte.com/programming/ is a link to free
programming tools, including installers and help authoring tools. It is a well designed site and
seems to be updated regularly. There is a lot to explore here.
4. Linkers and Assemblers
These links are sites with linkers and assemblers.
is part of the Intel website with manuals containing the instruction set for the Pemtium
microprocessor. The downloads are in PDF format and are about 7MB. This information is for
specialist use only.
www.godevtool.com/ is a Win32 and assembler information
page. The author of this page has links to an assembler, linker (alink) and resource compiler. This
information is very useful, but is for specialist use only.
is a site with a catalog of linkers. This is very interesting and very specialist information.
5. Interesting Software Products
msdn.microsoft.com is a link to the MSDN
(Microsoft Developer Network). This is a free on-line knowledge base with thousands of technical
questions, bugs, problems, and solutions to do with Microsoft products. This is a really useful
site. It is the same as the information you get if you subscribe to MSDN.
www.internetnews.com is not exactly a software site.
Instead it's a link to technical news, which is handy if you want to know what's going on.
www.gnu.org, which is a free software site including C/C++,
Pascal compilers available from the GNU foundation. These products are unsupported, so if you have
a problem you have to figure it out yourself by reading the documentation or the source, or ask or
pay someone to help.
www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/ covers Ghostscript, which
is a GPL version of Postscript. There are two elements to Ghostscript - the command line
Ghostscript processor and a Windows graphical interface program (Gview), and you need both.
Ghostscript makes it possible to create, process and print postscript files and PDF files. Using
Ghostscript you can create PDF files without buying the expensive Acrobat software.
6. Sample code
These links are sites which have sample code (any language).
web pages. You need some programming experience to use the samples.
www.pascal-central.com has lots of sample Pascal
code, information about projects written in Pascal, and discussions about Pascal in general. This
is a very professional looking site.
www.wotsit.org is one of the most detailed sources available
on the web for file formats. The structure of most types of binary and data file is catalogued
APIs is a list of APIs that Microsoft made public as a result of their legal battles with the
USA's Department of Justice. This is an interesting list and may be worth printing out in case it
accidentally gets removed from Microsoft's website.
7. Information about Language Design
These links are sites with information about design of computer languages, other interesting and
obscure languages, and computer language type theory.
is a list of Advanced Programming Languages and concepts of interest in language design. This is
really just a catalog to other sites of interest, with a few of the author's comments.
is information about the Recursiv Project which uses another computer language called Lingo.
8. Weblogs (online commentators)
These are links to websites where the owners pass intelligent comments on software development
or similar topics. These sites are rarer than you might think! They are updated when the owners
feel inspired, usually every few weeks.
http://www.joelonsoftware.com is run by an
ex-Microsoftie who runs his own software business. There are some highly intelligent articles here
which shed light on the software development process. Articles cover all aspects of business, not
http://www.useit.com is run by a user-interface guru who has
strong views on how web sites and programs should be made more usable. I think the name "useit" is
short for "usability in IT".
http://www.goingware.com/tips/ is a useful
collection of articles on the theory and practice of software development and website development.
The site is created by Michael Crawford.
9. Computer History
www.ex.ac.uk/BABBAGE/ is a website about Charles
Babbage, who designed a mechanical computer during the reign of Queen Victoria (in the early to
middle 1800s). One of his calculating engines has been finished and is on exhibition at a museum in
more information about the life of Charles Babbage. Together with his assistant, Countess Ada, they
developed the ideas behind the first computer and the concepts that would be required to program
www.bambi.net/bob/homebrew.html is a
website about an American homebrew computer club in the 1970s. This was a time when hobbyists armed
only with a soldering iron and a bag of ICs could design their own computer circuits (this was how
Apple started). This site is interesting if you're keen on electronics.
10. Website design and Web references
These links are websites which tell you about HTML, scripting languages, and the basics of
www.coolhomepages.com is a database of cool home
pages. The author updates it regularly and there are snapshots of the sites so you don't have to
visit each one (this saves a lot of time). This site is excellent if you want inspiration
for creating a new website. Also it has a flash-free zone, so you don't need the Macromedia flash
www.w3.org/TR/html401 is the official definition of
HTML 4.01, the latest commonly accepted version of HTML. Both version 4 of MS Internet Explorer and
Netscape should be able to render HTML 4.01 without any problems. However this document is quite
detailed, so it's best used as a reference instead of something you can browse through.
www.thefreecountry.com has free web design tools and
scripts. There is a lot to read through in this site.
www.hwg.org is the HTML
Writers Guild which is an association of web authors. They have information on website design and
educational material that explain how HTML should be written. This is worth a look if you're
interested in website design.
11. Icons and Bitmaps for use in Websites
www.specialweb.com/original/ (Celine's GIFs)
is a collection of creative buttons, icons, backgrounds and other images suitable for web sites.
The author has generously made the images free and some of them are really imaginative.
www.iconbazaar.com has a good collection of icons and
GIF files, which are licenced for use in web pages. Some of the icons available in Ubercode were
licenced from this site.
12. Security measures (anti-virus, anti-spam)
These links are for software and hardware that help security. For example, anti-virus programs,
anti-trojan programs, anti-spam programs, hardware and software firewalls and other solutions.
free.grisoft.com is the home
of the very useful AVG anti-virus program. It is free of charge for home use, and is frequently
updated when new viruses and trojans come out.
http://www.anti-virus-software.com is a
detailed list of anti-virus software, anti-trojan and anti-spyware programs. It also has
"tracks-erasing" programs that remove the temporary files created during internet access. There are
many interesting applications here, including a (dubious looking) keylogger!
Both http://www.virusscan.jotti.org/ and http://www.virustotal.com are on-line anti-virus scanners. You can
upload a suspect file to these sites and have it scanned by about 20 different anti-virus programs.
This is useful for checking out false alarms.
13. Domain Name Services and Web Hosts
These links are sites which handle domain name registrations, DNS (Domain Name Services), or
provide useful information about web hosting.
whois.bw.org/ is a link to the Bill Weinman Whois system,
which is much better than the register.com and networksolutions.com whois systems. The latter two
do not cover all the whois databases. Also they are very expensive if you use them as
registrars, and they make it very difficult to transfer your domain names anywhere else.
Register.com used to charge $75/yr for a domain name which is about 10x the going rate.
Joker.com is an excellent domain name registrar. They are
good value, and you can park names here and point them to other sites. If you have a web host, you
can set up the Joker name servers to point to the host at no extra charge. It was a real pleasure
finding this registrar after dealing with register.com and networksolutions.com
how-to-find-a-web-host.html is a link to an article I
wrote on finding a web host. The process is not that easy, as there are wide differences in pricing
and reliability. If you're looking for a host, this article is worth a read.
whreviews.com is a link to Dan Lemnaru's web review page.
During the months I was looking for a new web host, this was the best source of information I
found. If you're looking for web hosting then visit this site and read the information!
14. Download sites
These links are sites which offer downloads of source code and sample programs. Some of them
have links to yet more sites.
www.myzips.com is a download site which has sample programs
and downloadable applications.
www.microsoft.com/downloads/ is a link to the
Microsoft downloads site. There's lots of useful stuff here that is free!
Serial.html is an article about the danger of downloading from
websites offering serial numbers and so-called software 'cracks'.
15. European Shareware Conference
Here are reviews I wrote of the European Shareware Conferences that I have attended:
ESWC 2006 in Cambridge, UK
ESWC 2007 in Cologne, Germany
This is a set of links to articles and papers I have written:
On Pricing Software (sequel to an article on Joel on Software)
On finding a web hosting company (2005)
Programming Article for International Developer
On Starting a uISV (2007)
If any of these links are outdated, or if you have any questions or requests, send an email
using the links at the end of the page.