Is Transcript's English orientation a plus or minus?
rcozens at pon.net
Wed Feb 11 08:18:42 CST 2004
>Thirty years ago I wrote a proposal for using lisp for a distributed
>control system project.
Thirty years ago I was responsible for procurement and development of
Oakland Police Department's MIS. While the City of Oakland DP Dept.
was a COBOL shop, Boeing Computer Systems had just delivered OPD's
Computer Assisted Dispatching System in FORTRAN, and the daily CAD
activity logs were the principal input to MIS; so MIS was written in
A year or so after I left OPD, they hired Coopers & Lybrand (sp?) to
review the system. Their main criticism was the selection of the
programming language: "FORTRAN" is for scientific programming and
COBOL is for business programming." Of course no mention of the CAD
system, Boeing's choice of FORTRAN, or the need for OPD to maintain
in-house FORTRAN expertise to support CAD.
Their "analysis" also stated, "There are more COBOL programmers than
FORTRAN programmers; so it will be easier to find programming staff."
Real world: when I added a programmer to my staff, both candidates
sent me by City Personnel were FORTRAN programmers recently hired by
City DP and scheduled to be trained in COBOL.
The MIS system was used daily for over 15 years. What "everybody
knows" is often nada.
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."
from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)
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