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If your client wants to have access to your software, why not make it worth 
 your while?  Ask him to pay you what you think it's worth and insist that 
he sign a licensing agreement.  It could be a win-win situation.


W. Gray Hodge, P.E.

HODGE Structural Engineers
22 Chestnut Street, Evansville, Indiana 47713
812.422.2558  Fax 812.422.3337

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:23 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Programming

Fellow listers,
I have been designing cranes and runways and their related structures since 

1967.  One of my customers is demanding (nicely) that I give him a program 
that will design runway beams so he can estimate his costs.  I guess he sees 
 me with one foot in the grave (I'm 76).  Every thing I have done is on 
spreadsheets, but I am relectant to give those to him as I think that they 
reveal too much of the calc process as I detail all the formulas and steps. 
 I want to maintain the mystique of the all-knowing and all-powerful engineer 
 (cackle!).  I used to do some of this with Q-Basic which I found easy to 
use but it seems to have gone the way of the Dodo bird.  I know of another 
engineer who had such a program in Q-Basic, but he died and his program went 
 with him.

By coincidence I was approached by another customer seeking a program to 
design open web steel joists (in Canada all OWSJ are designed for each 
specific job).  I had such a program in Q-Basic but it suddenly stop working, 
 but I still have a hard copy.

I am hoping that some of you might be able to offer some suggestions as to 
what to use in the way of programmimg. Gary

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