[aprssig] Program bloat
tim.n9puz at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 12:43:38 CDT 2010
On 4/29/2010 12:19 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> I still carry a copy of APRSdos and local maps on a 1.4M floppy
> in the glove box for quick installs on old PC's if needed in a
> pinch. Only thing it doesn't do is the internet... Im not
> recommending it, just showing how times change, memory grows,
> bloat explodes, but all the original functionality was in there.
> No point really...
> Bob, WB4APR
There are exceptions I'm sure but in general I think we see amateur
radio applications today developed by people who program for a living
vs. the "good old days" when hackers (the good kind) provided cool
applications for us. This means that they use the same tools for fun as
they do for work -- i.e., Microsoft Visual Studio .NET in many cases.
The bloat, and incompatibility with older computers, comes from the
tools not necessarily the programmers. Visual Studio compilers beginning
with VS 2008 cannot create programs that do not have .NET 3.5 or newer
libraries. With .NET 3.5 Microsoft dropped support for Windows 2000 and
earlier versions of the Windows OS.
73, Tim N9PUZ
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