Alan Turing's wonderful machine

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Have any idea what a Turing machine is?

If you're a programmer, you probably do. And if not, you should. And what better day to learn than on the 103rd birthday of famed mathematician and leading computer scientist, Alan Turing--creator of the Turing machine.

In 1936, Alan Turing wrote an incredibly insightful paper titled "On Computable Numbers." In this paper, Turing describes a model for computation - we now call it a Turing machine - that not only provides a theoretical basis for programming, but also highlights many practical programming concepts still in use today. Watch the video and stay tuned for my Pluralsight course Alan Turing's Wonderful Machine, which will help developers and IT admins alike.

Happy birthday, Turing!

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Dan is an independent consultant, author, and speaker. He likes data; pointy data, rectangular data, even data just lying around on the floor. He is a co-author of the book "A Developers Guide to SQL Server 2005." His articles have been published in MSDN Magazine and SQL Server Magazine and he has spoken at WinDev, Microsoft events, as well as to various developer groups.