MARC (was Re: Thoughts on manual database design?)
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Sep 27 13:05:50 CDT 2015
On Sat, 26 Sep 2015, Steve Algernon wrote:
> Not sure if it's relevant:
> My brother was one of the few engineers on this product, in Palo Alto.
> The software ran on dozens of different machines and architectures,
> using the most portable language of the day: Fortran 77. I believe MARC
> was the umbrella name/company for a number of different products.
OCLC and Library Of Congress are sure going to be surprised that their
MAchine-Readable-Cataloging system is the umbrella name/company for a
number of unrelated products! Was Z39.50 similarly commercialized?
MARC can be very efficient or very bloated. For example, if you allocate
arrays for all fields, then a record can be up to 250K (think 8" SSSD).
But, with even half-assed dynamic allocation to use the space needed,
rather than the maximum that it could be, a very crude MARC record editor
can be done on an Atari Portfolio.
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