The lost art (Was: The VAX is running

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Tue Apr 7 16:19:24 CDT 2009

Andrew Burton wrote:
> I agree, assembly language can be great if it is used properly. In my
> experience, PC software nowadays is written and embedded into Excel.
> That's great in that you don't have to worry about the headaches of
> Windows itself, but you can't access the raw power of the hardware
> directly as it's going through Excel, then Windows before it finally
> reaches the hardware and by that time you would have wasted a fair
> bit of computing power.
> The software I come across at work that hasn't been embedded in Excel
> is often buggy (even with something as simple as inserting a blank
> line into a data table!). Now I'm not in a position of power (sadly),
> but if that were my company I would be very angry that such simple
> bugs didn't get picked up in the testing (unless we did no testing to
> save money!).

You need to find another place to work.  *Almost none* of the PC
software written here runs in a situation *anything* like that.

Peace...  Sridhar

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