This week's book giveaway is in the iOS forum.
We're giving away four copies of Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift and have David Kopec on-line!
See this thread for details.
Win a copy of Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift this week in the iOS forum!
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Carey was given a programmable mechanical "computer" at age 9 (1963). This taught  him some of the fundamentals of binary arithmetic. Six years later (1969) he was selected to go to a vocational high school in New York to study computer programming. There he learned to program in Fortran on a teletype console.

His professional career didn't get started till 1979 when he moved to Denver, Colorado and got a job programming an accounting system  for a company that made CAD software. Within a short period of time he was transferred to the CAD group where he developed database software in C that was integrated into the CAD product. He felt lucky to have gotten in on the ground floor of UNIX (Berkley), C, and Sun workstations (he had the good fortune  to be able to work on Sun workstation serial number 2).

Carey was also at the forefront of C++, where,  in 1983 he was able to procure one of the first available commercial copies of the Cfront compiler for C++. Interesting times. The language had not stabilized yet and every new release required some project re-writes to accommodate the syntax changes.

In 1996 he started working with Java version 1.0. He dropped C++ shortly thereafter to be dedicated to Java full time.

Carey spent a number of years of his career consulting and even owned his own consulting firm for a while. His favorite job was working for an R&D lab for a company that manufactured beverage cans. There he pioneered techniques in marrying image processing with real-time image capture systems. These systems were used to monitor product quality on the production lines. His name appears on several patents for these techniques.

Now retired, (as he says, "woo hoo!"), he can spend more time with his digital photography, though he still likes to keep his Java fingers nimble by working on his personal utilities and contributing to Java forums. His all-time favorite book is Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

With a little knowledge, a cast iron skillet is non-stick and lasts a lifetime.
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