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Re: RSI's Priorities (was: GUI Builder...)

In article <72kkbt$1258@ds2.acs.ucalgary.ca>,
	Brian Jackel <jackel@danlon.physics.uwo.ca> writes:

> There does seem to be a clear distinction between people 
> involved in 
>  1) Research/analysis
>  2) Development of ``production'' level code
> For what it's worth, I'd say every one of the half-dozen
> IDL users in our group fall into category 1.

Brian, I do wholehartedly agree.  I'm also from group 1, and really
don't have a need for all those fancy things.  Even widgets are a very
rare thing for me....

I'm not quite shure what the people at RSI are aiming at.  E.g., have a
look at mathematica.  When I first heard of it, it was a tool for doing
analytic mathematics.  Imagine my face when someone told me he is using
it for data visualisation now.
Same for IDL, it looks like they want to make some sort of visual basic
out of it.  Together with the prices, this makes me heavily think about
switching to ANA or Midas.


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