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Re: What do you think of VIP?
- Subject: Re: What do you think of VIP?
- From: davidf(at)dfanning.com (David Fanning)
- Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 13:06:47 -0700
- Newsgroups: comp.lang.idl-pvwave
- Organization: Fanning Software Consulting
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Grant W. Petty (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
> I recently received some promotional information from RSI concerning
> something they call VIP. It's supposed to be a new visual programming
> interface that allows you string IDL modules together by linking them
> together on your computer screen rather than writing text programs
> containing IDL statements. I got a demo CD for VIP but haven't yet
> had the time to install it on my HP workstation.
I would definitely take the time to install it
and see what you think.
> Is it flexible enough to do everything that one might
> normally attempt in a traditional IDL program?
It is flexible enough to do *many* of the things
one might attempt in a traditional IDL program.
It lacks a few of the more flexible programming
features (e.g., loops) that you might expect a first
release to lack. I hear these things are coming.
> Does the visual interface really speed up the programming
> process that much compared to typing an equivalent set of IDL commands
> (assuming one is already fairly comfortable with the IDL syntax)?
I would say it can speed things up significantly, *especially*
if you are a lousy typist (say like 90% of the people who
take my programming classes :-). It certainly cuts down
on making and fixing typos. :^)
> In short, is it worth the money?
I honestly don't know how much it costs. But I do know
some people who have snatched up the promotional price,
because together with an IDL license it cost a lot less
than a single IDL license. Hard to go wrong there! :-)
David Fanning, Ph.D.
Fanning Software Consulting
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