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And so I face the final curtain

By July 31, 2013

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After about seven years including 1,820 blog posts, 350 newsletters and hundreds of articles I've decided for various reasons to bow out from writing About C,C++, C# (and unofficially Google Go). It has been fun, educational, satisfying and I'm sure someone will continue after me.

Thank you to everyone who emailed me, entered programming challenges, made suggestions, contributed code etc. Everything I've written will be staying up here for a few months longer.

As for me, I'll be writing code for iPhone and Android Apps (in C# and maybe Objective-C) in my own business.

I hope that About.com might start looking for a new About C,C++ and C# Programming Guide, so if you think you have the passion and the knowledge, check their beaguide pages until it appears, then apply. Good luck!

As for me, I'm on the web. You might have to look on the second page of results (for now) but you'll find me!

Thank you and goodbye.

David Bolton
July 31, 2013 at 3:38 am
(1) deep says:

I wish you well in your future endeavors. Thank you for all you have given.

July 31, 2013 at 5:50 am
(2) Dave063 says:

It’s a shame to see you go, although I’ve never entered any of the competitions nor have I made any comments on the many fantastic articles you have written, I have enjoyed following this blog immensely.

I have found this blog to have been a valuable resource whilst completing my Bachelor of Technology degree and have learnt a lot about the many facets of the C, C++ & C# languages. Thank you David for your efforts in bringing all your knowledge, advise and humor to this blog. I wish you all the very best for the future.

July 31, 2013 at 11:35 am
(3) Ron Spain says:

It’s sad to see the end come. I wish I had been able to enter more of the programming contests/challenges. They were fun, and the blog here always had something interesting about programming. Thanks for everything.

July 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm
(4) Chris says:

I have read your blog for a long time and it has always been my number one as far as C/C++ is concerned. Good luck and hope to read more from you someday!

July 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(5) Jon Kingsman says:

Thank you very much for your contributions over the years. I’m programming a p2p chess game in C, to play on my phone with my son while we are on holiday at the moment. I got started thanks to your tutorials a few years back, have had this page on my home tabs ever since.

July 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(6) Gauraw says:

Thank you David.

July 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(7) MikeN says:

Thank you for all of the hard work. It was always fun to see when you posted something. Good Luck!

August 1, 2013 at 2:06 am
(8) Tarun Nigam says:

I was following this blog for a long time using iGoogle :) .
Thanks David for the knowledge you shared!
Wish you good luck for your future endeavours.
Enjoy life!!!!!

August 1, 2013 at 10:09 am
(9) Lennie says:

Thank you David and goodluck for the future

August 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm
(10) Mark says:

Good luck David, thanks for all the work!

Hey, anyone who has a Linkage entry and would like to compete it against mine, or would like my program with GUI, contact me at:
msmammel at verizon dot com

August 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm
(11) Mark says:

oops I mean verizon dot net

August 2, 2013 at 4:58 am
(12) Riaan says:

“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”

I’ve read your blog since you have started way back. I’ve learnt a lot. Thank you and good luck.


August 4, 2013 at 7:12 am
(13) Petah says:

All the best!

August 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm
(14) ergo says:

Thank you David, your knowledge and resources links are invaluable for me, goog luck.

August 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm
(15) Michael B says:

You will be missed, thank you for the advice and knowledge that you have passed on.

August 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm
(16) Anwaar says:

Thank you David .all the best with your busuness

August 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(17) Doug says:

You’ve done a man’s job sir.

August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(18) Glenn Meyer says:

Thank you so much for all the good work and helpful advice. We will miss you columns and your help.

August 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(19) Alex says:

I’ve been your fan for quite some time – subscribed to your blog back in 2006, when I originally started learning C++.

It’s been fun ride, I wish you all the best in your future life.

Thank you. :)

August 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm
(20) andy says:

good luck to you, matey!!!

i’ve enjoyed your posts!!!

August 7, 2013 at 1:58 am
(21) Vivek says:

Wish you all the best ! I’ve always looked forward to your articles.

August 7, 2013 at 8:40 am
(22) Evan says:

sad to see you go and many thanks for your dedication over the years. all the best for the future!!

August 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm
(23) Al Munro says:

Thanks for helping maintain my interest, and although I was never organised enough to get an entry into a challenge, thanks for running them all the same.

Can we persuade you not to go? Your guiding voice will be sadly missed.

Wishing you all the best. Hope to hear of you again soon!


August 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm
(24) Mark says:


Thanks for all the contributions you have made over the years in helping the community. You have all of our admiration and thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears you have given to About C/C++/C#. I wish the best for you and your future endeavors.


August 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(25) Graeme says:

Sad to see this coming to an end. Thanks David for all the articles and competitions. Good luck in the future


August 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(26) James says:

To paraphrase from a movie/song (My Fair Lady?) “we’ve grown acustomed to your face”. Thanks for all your contributions which have been very enlightening. Good luck for the future. Will search you out.

August 13, 2013 at 7:50 am
(27) Tim Spezia says:

Sorry to see you leave , I have found many of the posts on C++ to be useful in many ways.
Good Luck

August 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(28) Pranav says:

Good Luck David. I have always enjoyed reading info/material you presented. All the best.

August 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(29) Rui says:

Good Luck!

August 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(30) Vincent Tjon - Sien - Kie says:

Thank you for sharing the fun on C/C++. Good luck on your next challenge.

August 14, 2013 at 4:44 am
(31) John says:

Good luck with the new biz. Wish you all the best.

August 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(32) Michael says:

All the very best.

August 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(33) Kathy Goulet says:

Best Wishes and THANK YOU !!

August 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm
(34) John Latham says:

You gave many programmers hope David. I wish you well.

August 21, 2013 at 4:22 am
(35) abhishek saxena says:

You are leaving
I’ll miss your blog please share the web tips as you are moving to web I’ll wait.

Thanks for your immense knowledge you shared with us.

August 21, 2013 at 9:56 am
(36) Yuen says:

Too bad.
But all the best for your future adventures.

August 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(37) lamont says:

I joined your newsletter a few months ago and already you’re leaving?! Sad to see you go, but certainly wish you well. I’ve been so inspired by your work here. A big thank you.

August 23, 2013 at 10:59 am
(38) Kerry says:

Thanks for the interesting and challenging.

August 24, 2013 at 5:28 am
(39) pm says:

Will there be a place to access these entries and archives in the future?

August 28, 2013 at 7:23 am
(40) Piyush says:

it’s very hard to accept that i will not receive your post anymore…

Thanks for each and very leaning that came from you.Good luck for your future. Have a good one!

September 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(41) Chris Haws says:

I’ve been a subscriber to your email for a long time and have enjoyed it. You helped put me back to C when I left it and then came back. Thanks for everything and good luck!

September 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(42) Mr. Singh says:

David, I’ve never commented before but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts and taking the time to contribute so much for the benefit of others. You have helped so many- myself included- and it will be a great shame to see you go.

Thank you and good luck in any and all future endeavours.

Mr. Singh,

September 18, 2013 at 12:22 am
(43) Chirag Verma says:

Good Luck for your future endeavour. It has been immense pleasure to watch and read you.
Atlast thankyou!

October 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(44) Chris says:

Thank-you for the posts, I am just starting to do some very basic programming and you have been a great resource.

All the best in you future endeavor’s

October 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(45) Francis Asante says:


Your posts and challenges have been the greatest source of education on the subject for some of us. May the Lord continue to bless you for your good works. Thank you for the great job and wishing you all the best in your future endeavour. I am certain we would here about your wonderful work again.

Peace be with you.

October 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm
(46) Odd Einar Svendsen says:

Thank you. You are number one.

October 9, 2013 at 8:06 am
(47) Achu says:

My mentor,thanks for all your effort in helping to get a basic knowledge cos i have not started but plan to start next month, i always follow your blog, but i would still like to follow u to your next location.thanks

October 14, 2013 at 6:10 am
(48) Mel says:

Hi Mr. David,

Sad to see you go, Good luck with your company, wish you all the best and great success! Why will you remove you articles? I’m sure they would be useful to someone. I my self would like to check them out when I do take C or is derivatives. I’m currently going to restart coding in Java, though I’ve always been interested in C and C++.

Thank you,
In Christ,

October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(49) Samantha Walmsley says:

Thank you for your tutorials and blogs! They have been of so much value to me as a student. Even though we never entered your challenges my programming team and I found them immensely helpful as practice problems. I wish you luck on all your future endeavors!

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