Anders Hejlsberg is the original author of the Turbo Pascal compiler. Anders was also chief architect of Delphi. He is now a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and chief designer of the C# language. In 2001, Anders received the Dr. Dobbs Excellence in Programming Award at the Software Development 2001 Conference. Today, November 20, 2008 is the 25th anniversary of the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Turbo Pascal version 1.0!
A post titled “Turbo Pascal version 1.0 - What was happening in the industry during 1983?” is also fun reading.
I bought a copy of Turbo Pascal for my trusty Kaypro 4 in early 1984. It was an amazing experience, especially compared with the expensive and clunky compiler alternatives of that time.
For an update on what Anders Hejlsberg has been up to lately, and his views on the next phase of development tools/framework evolution, check out this PDC 2008 session -- “The Future of C#”