DevDisasters: Jurassic Programmers

Here’s a true tale of trying to turn a functional VMS financial application into a “cool” .NET application:

http://reddevnews.com/devscope/print.aspx?editorialsid=935
(written by Alex Papadimoulis in Redmond Developer News)

I don’t know where the author got his example, but I have a friend with an identical story.  His story is has a follow-on — they’ve lost so many customers by pushing “version 2” that they will declare bankruptcy soon.

As for DIBOL, the language in the article, it is fully maintained, and now cross-platform.  If only the rock stars had known…

CHARON Newsletter – October 2007

Contents
1. Introduction
2. Increased emulated memory on CHARON-VAX/6630 and CHARON-VAX/6660 Plus for Windows
3. More XMI slots available for the CHARON-VAX/66×0 Plus for Windows products
4. Beware of DEP deletion by Windows
5. New Value Added Resellers

1. Introduction

Software Resources International publishes the CHARON newsletter to keep customers, potential customers and partners informed about the recent changes in CHARON product offerings and functionality updates. The last Newsletter was published in February 2007. Back copies of the CHARON Newsletter are available from the Software Resources International WEB site:
http://www.softresint.com/Newsletter.html

For full details on CHARON products, see
http://www.stanq.com

2. Increased emulated memory on CHARON-VAX/6630 and CHARON-VAX/6660 Plus for Windows.

CHARON-VAX/6630 and CHARON-VAX/6660 Plus for Windows now both provide 3 GB of emulated memory hen running on 64 bit Windows host. Please refer to the SPD, http://www.softresint.com/charon-vax/CHVX_66xx.htm, and User Manual,
ftp://ftp.sri-gva.ch/Documentation/Manuals/30-16-018.pdf, for details
3. More XMI slots available for the CHARON-VAX/66×0 Plus for Windows products.
CHARON-VAX/66×0 Plus for Windows now implements larger memory cards, up to 2 GB.

This means hat the 66×0 configuation can be designed to use fewer XMI slots for memory freeing up dditional slots for other devices, for example additional Network cards. Refer to the User Manual for details ftp://ftp.sri-gva.ch/Documentation/Manuals/30-16-018.pdf.

4. Beware of DEP Deletion by Windows.

Warning: After applying some of the Windows security patches (e.g. upgrading Windows 2003 Server with Service Pack 2) make sure that CHARON is still on the DEP exception list. Reminder: A problem exists with the support of Data Execution Prevention (DEP).  If required switch off DEP for CHARON based programs. To switch the DEP off you should do the following: 1. Right click on “My Computer”, choose “Properties” 2. Choose “Advanced”, click “Performance/Settings” button 3. Choose “Data Execution Prevention” 4. Set “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only” or set “Turn on DEP for all  programs and services except those I select”, press “Add” button, choose the target CHARON executable.

5. New Value Added Resellers
We are pleased to announce the following new Value Added Resellers.
In Spain:
INFOBROK SL
Mr. Bernard Gravez
Tel: +34 93 589 3294
Email: bgravez[at]infobrok.es
http://www.infobrok.es/
Abat Guillem d’Avinyo, 16-18,
8172 Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
Tel: +34 93 589 3294
Fax: +34 93 589 4299

In Chile:
ARS SERVICIOS PROFESIONALES
Mr. Fernando Rocha
Tel: +56-2-2442445
Email: fernando.rocha[at]arssp.cl
http://www.arssp.cl
Pedro de Valdivia 1781 of 126
PROVIDENCIA, SANTIAGO, CHILE, POSTAL CODE 7501047
Tel: +56-2-2442445
Fax: +56-2-6562282