This is our blog about information technology and other wonders of the world, so what else could the title of our first post possibly be? Of course, it cannot be anything else than “Hello, World!”
(For those of you who have never ever wrote a single line of computer program code, “Hello, World!” is the first program a novice programmer usually creates. As its name implies, it simply prints or displays the “Hello, World!” sentence.)
Every beginner’s programming book, course material and manual starts with this small program. It is the sacred cow of computer programming, the ONE rule which cannot and shall not be broken. Honestly, I was not aware where it was coming from until I looked up the related Wikipedia article. Not very interestingly, it first popped up in a C Programming Language book (in fact, the “C Programming Language” book) in the late seventies.
If you look up “’Hello, World!’ Program” in Google Trends, you can see where young programmers are being raised in large numbers. People in China are looking up this term in greatest numbers (relatively to all searches made in China). New Zealand comes second while Serbia(!) third. Does it mean anything? Your guess is as good as mine.
I like “Hello, World” for several reasons (and I am not even a programmer). It reflects the optimism of early coders who wanted to greet the world with new technology, hoping it would result in a better world. The excitement of learning something new and opening new doors. And a nice tradition which could survive in such a hectic and fast changing field as information technology.
And why do we start a blog? Just because we want to start a conversation. About Microsoft Dynamics, about the past, present and future of IT. Or anything else. And we think that 140 characters is just not enough. Speaking of 140 characters; have you thought about the fact that this is probably the only case when speakers of languages with Latin characters are discriminated against? Hence the amount of information Japanese or Chinese language can transmit with 140 characters vs what – say – Hungarian can transmit. The other question is (admittedly, not a too important one) whether Twitter (or the “ethos” of Twitter, whatever it may be) remains Twitter without the 140 character limit.
So, I think it is just appropriate to start our blog with “Hello, World!” written in X++, the programming language of Microsoft Dynamics AX / 365:
static void Job_HelloWorld(Args _args)