"Looking the gift horse straight in the mouth"

Mark Israel misrael at scripps.edu
Wed Nov 9 21:37:56 EST 1994

In article <7NOV199412022977 at seqvax.caltech.edu>, mathog at seqvax.caltech.edu (David Mathog) writes:

> Speaking as a harried system(s) manager, [...]
> I suggest that grant reviewers going through applications that include
> software development, make sure that the project employs the rules that are
> put forth below.  It will save us all some money and insure that any tools
> developed are available to the largest number of users. 
> [...]
> 1.  It is written in ANSI C or Fortran 77 (but NOT both).

   If you force developers to use FORTRAN 77 and C instead of more modern
languages (such as FORTRAN 90 and C++), the software will be buggier,
harder to reuse, and harder to maintain.  Grant reviewers should weigh
these considerations against portability.

> 7.  A GUI must be able to handle 1,2, or 3 button mice.  Optimally, use
>     only one button.  (Ever try getting "ALT-CTRL-Right Button" in MacX?)

   Why not buy 3-button mice for your Macs?  They exist.

misrael at scripps.edu			Mark Israel

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