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Using other's code not clueless (was IDL and WAVE: # and types of users?)
- Subject: Using other's code not clueless (was IDL and WAVE: # and types of users?)
- From: Mitch Grunes <grunesm(at)sprynet.com>
- Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 05:35:09 -0400
- Newsgroups: comp.lang.idl-pvwave
- Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
- Xref: news.doit.wisc.edu comp.lang.idl-pvwave:16269
Joseph B. Gurman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
> I have no way of estimating what you really want, other
> than to note that we have IDL icenses numbered > 18000...
> Of course, "users" is a broad term, including the cluesless
> using code developed by others.
IMnotHO, it is not clueless to user other people's code.
I think IDL and PV-WAVE would be more "serious" mainstream programming
languages if the need to start them up were more transparent--i.e., if
they could be more easily used to run utilities, without the utility
user having to be aware of their presence. (Even better if they didn't
need an IDL or PV-WAVE license to run them, though I doubt that RSI and
VNI would see it that way.)
In a Unix environment it is more or less possible to set up environment
variables to make this sort of happen--but it is kind of kludgy, and
errors occur, you end up in the IDL or PV-WAVE environment.
Of course this is the perspective who frequently has to write code
for delivery to other users and organizations.