15 March 2013

Cake in form of digit 7So today is special. For a start it’s the Ides of March, which, history has it, was a particularly rough day for Julius Caesar from which he didn’t really recover. But more importantly for me, it’s the seventh anniversary of my starting as CTO at DevExpress. I’d thought I’d take a moment to riff off the number seven.

First a bit of fun personal math: 7 in binary (base 2) is 111, which taken as a number base 7 is 57, which in turn is two years more than my age. Numerology is not dead!

Second: DevExpress has UI controls/extensions/widgets for seven different platforms: VCL, WinForms, ASP.NET (MVC), WPF, Silverlight, HTML5/JS, and Windows 8 Modern UI. When I started here, we had but three, which is kind of amazing when you think about it: the rate of change in this industry is scary fast.

Third: some trivia. 7 is a Mersenne prime; there are seven hills in Rome; there are seven continents; 7 is the most probable score when rolling two dice; there are seven wonders of the ancient world (and, no, I’m not one of them); there are seven musical notes (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, te); seven days in a week; seven colors of the rainbow (whose names I remember using “Richard Of York Going Back Into Venice”, which makes no sense at all); September used to be the seventh month of the year, hence the name; there are seven deadly sins. Finally, if you remember old style calculators, each digit position had seven segments.

Album cover for Seven Lives Many FacesNow playing:
Enigma - Seven Lives
(from Seven Lives Many Faces)

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