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sirmonkey1985

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nah can't be possible that there is some one at PG with a brain..... but then again it's not april 1st... hmmmm....
 

402blownstroker

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From my experience it usually takes a new person to shake things up and get the old sitting fossils off their asses.
 

jebo_4jc

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Tear says he will respond when he has a chance.

our hero enters the ring :)
 

musky

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I don't think my 8 years of MUMPS is going to be very helpful here....
 

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tear is definitely a better programmer than I, but I'm interested if they want an undergrad CS student for anything. We'll see what he comes back with, I guess.
 

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I had to take a Fortran 77 class in the early 90's. I doubt I remember any of it.
 

musky

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Is that what Meditech is built on?

I would not be surprised if that were the case, although I don't know since I do not work for them. MUMPS is still used quite a bit for for software in the medical and financial industries.
 

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I had to take a Fortran 77 class in the early 90's. I doubt I remember any of it.

I watched my older brother take a Fortran class in the early 80's. I do not remember any of it.
 

Core32

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I'll show some age here....
My first programming class was called, FORTRAN IV with WATFOR AND WATFIV.
No keyboard, no mouse, no monitor. Just paper. And LOTS of it :)
 

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I'll show some age here....
My first programming class was called, FORTRAN IV with WATFOR AND WATFIV.
No keyboard, no mouse, no monitor. Just paper. And LOTS of it :)

LOL. Punchcards still make good book markers if you still have them. I think I threw away all of my IBM punchcards for JCL and COBOL.
 

Core32

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My first job actually took me backwards believe it or not, to running the bootloader from paddle switches on a D.G. NOVA 312.
16KBytes of Coooooorrrrrrre memory, FOR THE WIN!!!!!! LOL!
 

Toconator

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I'll show some age here....
My first programming class was called, FORTRAN IV with WATFOR AND WATFIV.
No keyboard, no mouse, no monitor. Just paper. And LOTS of it :)

Me too. I remember filling out punchcards with BASIC progs, and typing in FORTRAN and ASSEMBLER code at the (Pre-MS) DOS prompt. Still have an old 1st gen 8 inch floppy disk from 1979 with a whoppin' 64 KB of storage on it. Ahh, the good ol' days on the bleeding edge ...
 

rick5127

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AH yes... fortran IV I remember it well. Punch cards and all... got any CHAD laying around? lol.
I had to take an intro to computers when I went back to school for my degree. I asked my counselor if I was to take it or teach it. lol

I remember helping Gates with code for ms dos... BIX computer system on the east and west coast before there was an internet. Back when you had to know someone at a university to get on ARPA net... I think that was what it was called.

BYTE magazine... was the bible... WOZ was the GOD of computers and you could message him and get answers.
 

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I'll show some age here....
My first programming class was called, FORTRAN IV with WATFOR AND WATFIV.
No keyboard, no mouse, no monitor. Just paper. And LOTS of it :)

That's nothing.

My first programming class we only had 1's and 0's and we were damn happy to have the 0's up hill in the snow both ways.

Also yes Meditech does suck.
 

wurmy

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That's nothing.

My first programming class we only had 1's and 0's and we were damn happy to have the 0's up hill in the snow both ways.

Also yes Meditech does suck.

Ha, you're reading too much Dilbert!

Before IBM COBOL version J, the gurus accessed arrays out of bounds to create self-modifing programs.

Also, mainframe CICS was originally the largest open-source commercial project, and that has contributed to it's longevity and mad stability as a product. Needless to say, when after IBM stopped sharing code, the product suffered.

Epic uses MUMPS (It's now called "M", btw) on the back-end and Visual Basic on the 200MB+ windows "client." Architecturally a scaling and client nightmare with big citrix band-aid around it).
 

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What was this thread about?

/is waiting for an abacus reference in 3...2...1...
 

rascal65

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First computer I worked on was a set of standard racks 40 ft long used vacuum tubes and required 50KW to run. Had 256 bit torrid core memory. was hardwired programming.

Doubt if they need my help.:p
 

Grandpa_01

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What was this thread about?

/is waiting for an abacus reference in 3...2...1...

Probably a bet between some PG members about how many people actually new what they doing and or talking about on the forums. :eek:
 

Linden

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Some of you guys make the this 50+ year-old guy feel young! Keep it going.
 

wurmy

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First computer I worked on was a set of standard racks 40 ft long used vacuum tubes and required 50KW to run. Had 256 bit torrid core memory. was hardwired programming.

Doubt if they need my help.:p

Dang me and my relative youth.

I bow down to you.

I honestly don't know how you old guys ever programmed with torrid/toroidal/magnetic core memory since it was so valuable per bit. I've seen some IBM core memory that looked like 1.5 mm donuts in rows laced with fine copper wires.

I feel young again!
 

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Dang me and my relative youth.

I bow down to you.

I honestly don't know how you old guys ever programmed with torrid/toroidal/magnetic core memory since it was so valuable per bit. I've seen some IBM core memory that looked like 1.5 mm donuts in rows laced with fine copper wires.

I feel young again!

My dad worked for IBM (1965ish-1990ish) and I got to hold some of those memory screens in my hand, and 18" cake box changeable disks (something like 256KB), and some programing jumpers to adjust the hard wire programs. They programed within the limits of what they had. Heck, remember they once said that there was no way a program could exceed 640KB. Now look, Programs + the data they process have reached GB territory.
 

rick5127

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I remember contests for writing one line of code that would do something useful. Might have been in the 80's tho...
It was in the 65-66 time period I worked on punch cards, fortran, on an IBM 1440. Large platter disks and such... torodial memory of course.
 

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Funny thread... lol

3 years of basic (yes trs-80 basic), 1 year rpg2, 1 year cobol, and 1 year vb6. I remember just about none of any of it at this point but I can make excel really sing. :)
 
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