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Cliphead
22nd February 2011, 16:38
Clearing out boxes I've had lying around for years I came across disks and manuals that were the tools of the trade back in the old days. FoxPro, Clipper, Sycero db and assorted libraries, compilers etc.

A wee burst of nostalgia and a hankering after simpler days. Sycero db was one of the best tools I'd ever come across being a Clipper app generator with it's own language extensions. Sadly none of the discs are readable now even if I did want to mess around with that stuff again.

Any favourite software / tools?

gricerboy
22nd February 2011, 16:47
Clearing out boxes I've had lying around for years I came across disks and manuals that were the tools of the trade back in the old days. FoxPro, Clipper, Sycero db and assorted libraries, compilers etc.

A wee burst of nostalgia and a hankering after simpler days. Sycero db was one of the best tools I'd ever come across being a Clipper app generator with it's own language extensions. Sadly none of the discs are readable now even if I did want to mess around with that stuff again.

Any favourite software / tools?


Visual J++

Don't know much about Chippery. You're obviously a devotee. Tell us about it.

Cliphead
22nd February 2011, 17:19
Visual J++

Don't know much about Chippery. You're obviously a devotee. Tell us about it.

What's to tell? Back in the day smaller businesses were getting computerised beyond having a couple of word processors, bigger companies needed custom niche apps. Clipper et al filled that development slot nicely, apps could be created quickly. A nice earner and continued that way for a long time as existing apps needed to be supported or upgraded.

Accounting, stock control, inventory, help desk and just about anything else that required a database was easy to develop and deploy. Using tools like Sycero db I could have an app finished in a few days ready to move onto the next job.

suityou01
22nd February 2011, 17:26
What's to tell? Back in the day smaller businesses were getting computerised beyond having a couple of word processors, bigger companies needed custom niche apps. Clipper et al filled that development slot nicely, apps could be created quickly. A nice earner and continued that way for a long time as existing apps needed to be supported or upgraded.

Accounting, stock control, inventory, help desk and just about anything else that required a database was easy to develop and deploy. Using tools like Sycero db I could have an app finished in a few days ready to move onto the next job.

Yep, now these simple apps take months to develop, have configuration issues (say with frameworks or APIs), suffer regression issues every time Microshaft release a service pack, but hey, this is progress :rolleyes:

Churchill
22nd February 2011, 17:33
Yep, now these simple apps take months to develop, have configuration issues (say with frameworks or APIs), suffer regression issues every time Microshaft release a service pack, but hey, this is progress :rolleyes:

Nah mate, Progress was a different language altogether.

suityou01
22nd February 2011, 17:37
Nah mate, Progress was a different language altogether.

Fortanately so.

:igmc:

Zippy
22nd February 2011, 17:37
Yep, now these simple apps take months to develop, have configuration issues (say with frameworks or APIs), suffer regression issues every time Microshaft release a service pack, but hey, this is progress :rolleyes:

The rot set in when we got rid of punched cards.

Churchill
22nd February 2011, 17:38
The rot set in when we gave women the vote.

Ftfy.

Oh and put the kettle on love.

NotAllThere
23rd February 2011, 09:23
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And you had to fix it with those curious sticky pad thingies.Sorry. Are we talking about women or paper tape?

wobbegong
23rd February 2011, 10:06
Any favourite software / tools?

X-Tree Pro
EditPad
AmiPro