archiv~1: SETI Re: Graphics Speed? Language Usage & VB

SETI Re: Graphics Speed? Language Usage & VB

Walt Williams ( (no email) )
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 18:09:20 -0800


>The fact of the matter is, over 50 percent of the worlds software
>developers are now using VB.

The numbers I heard:

80xxx PC based systems -

54% use C or C++ (BCC, VC, WatCom, GNU, WhiteSmith)
25% use, Assembler, ADA, Modula, Forth, ForTran, Lisp, Smalltalk,
Parts, DataBoss, PowerBuilder, and etc.
12% use VB(Access-professional DB programmers & misc)
09% use Delphi(Pascal) (professional DB & Instrument [aerospace])

Walt Williams, 98.11.28

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Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 20:09:25 EST
Subject: Re: SETI Re: Graphics Speed?

In a message dated 11/28/98 6:32:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Incidentally, you should not be using VB for any time critical aspects of
> a SETI system, except for proof of concept purposes.

Yes, that was my point at the beginning of the stonesoup group. But
I lost
the argument. Basically, VB 6.0 can be compiled, and it is not that
slow anymore. Anyway, you can easily call external modules to speed it
up. When the system is working and stable, we will be doing
benchmarking and speedups as time goes on.

The bottom line is that the stonesoup software is being written in
VB. You
or I have no control over that now. It is written in stone, hehe, pun

John Marcus.