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On 05/24/2012 02:49 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
Hi Simon,

Le 2012-05-24 02:08, Simon Cropper a écrit :

In the same year, I was introduced to a PC1
with Ashton Tate's dbase II on it! Green letters on a nearly black
screen. I still have a pang of nostalgia when hearing the whir of the
hard drive as it takes 1-2 minutes to boot up. The start of the
serverless revolution!

Hey! I wrote my own accounting system using AtariST's DbMan (an Ashton Tate dBaseIII clone). It worked great! I still have an AtariSTE in a box with an old RLL 30 meg drive and 12 inch monitor. :-)


Try writing a complete general ledger accounting system - in COBOL - for a college. Now that was a project for me to do back in the mid '80s. I had to do it solo and it took about 2 months of typing and debugging 2 or 3 days a week for 1-3 hours a day. The rest of the time I was doing my regular work and handwriting the code on the "special" coding forms they required before I typed the code into the terminal/mainframe.

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