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Re: [open-cobol-list] Re: [Cobolforgcc-devel] COBOL utilities project(w

From: David A. Cobb
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] Re: [Cobolforgcc-devel] COBOL utilities project(was: open-cobol-0.9.6)
Date: Sun Jun 16 14:36:01 2002
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Tim Josling wrote:

"David A. Cobb" wrote:

Isn't DB (Berkeley, IIRC) rather overkill? ...
David A. Cobb, Software Engineer, Public Access Advocate

Possibly. I knew I shouldn't have expressed a view. In general I would be
happy to use it as long as the surplus function does not get in the way.
I work as a software architect. We have this problem all the time. A package
has at the same time more and less function that we need.
If we can
- add the missing bits without too much angst AND
- ignore the surplus (often this is not easy)
then we will use it.

The question is, can you do better by starting from scratch? Others would have
the basis for a more informed view than I would.

What'chu mean, "can *you*"?

Anyway, I will look at the problem. Because things like Berkeley (and other) DB's are OpenSource, I imagine we can extract a relevant part of the code as a starting point, at least. No reason these days for any of us to "start from scratch."

David A. Cobb, Software Engineer, Public Access Advocate
"By God's Grace I am a Christian man, by my actions a great sinner." -- The Way 
of a Pilgrim; R. M. French, tr.
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