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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Structural Software
- From: Bill Polhemus <polhemus(--nospam--at)insync.net>
- Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 08:39:15 -0500
-----Original Message----- From: Phil Hodge [SMTP:phil(--nospam--at)joistdesign.com] Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 1998 10:59 AM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Re: Structural Software No offense taken. The hardware is not the problem. Converting all of my software has a huge expense in both upgrades and learning curve. The worst portion would be the Pascal complier upon which I depend. Learning yet another new computer language is not a tempting prospect, particularly when the anticipated benefits are minimal. As I said, for canned structural analysis RISA works just fine. All my other structual design software is in Borland Turbo Pascal, and again works just fine. I can see the handwriting on the wall, though, and will probably bite the bullet when NT.5 is released. However, I feel no compulsion to march, lock-step, to Gate's tune every time he wants another couple of billion dollars. [Bill Polhemus] I understand about the "legacy" software. I take it that these are programs you or someone in your office has developed? Is there not an "analog" to Turbo Pascal ("ah, yes, I remember it well...") for the Windows environment? Most of the "robust" programming languages have updated compilers; we just hunted down a successor to Microsoft FORTRAN (did you all know that it is no longer available nor supported by Microsoft?), and I would have a hard time believing that Pascal is also not available. As for the inevitable "march, lock-step, to Gate's tune," well, I sympathize. You're talking to a guy who until last year was still running OS/2, mostly out of spite (although I did love the system). How about Linux? Now THERE'S a system that I _KNOW_ will have Turbo Pascal available! Of course, that would be a problem for "canned" software, but I'd be surprised if there were not versions available, now or very soon, for Linux, of such products as STAAD-III (which, a couple of years ago at least, was available in UNIX versions; how hard could a recompile be, Research Engineers?) Anyway, I sympathize, both with your plight vis a vis not wanting to be a slave to Gates, and in not having the latest software tools available. We had a guy, who recently retired, who was still running all his old GW-BASIC programs for structural work; another of our old-time Civil engineers, still thinks that his HP-41CX programs are the tops. But the newer generation of software, made to run on the NEWER generation of hardware, does have some compelling productivity boosts.
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