Coding forms & stuff
M H Stein
dm561 at torfree.net
Fri Dec 30 22:57:29 CST 2005
>Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 15:41:47 -0500 (EST)
>From: bpope at wordstock.com (Bryan Pope)
>Subject: Real Old School Programming (was: Re: Where to buy a
>> 3. Code up your task using a no. 2 pencil on a pile of coding forms.
>What do these coding forms look like?
Want some? RPG, Cobol (your choice of green or blue) or (_really_ obscure)
Burroughs SL5 Assembler? I use the backs for scratch pads...
Ah yes, the detritus from my past...
How about some line printer layout forms, complete with carriage control tape
layout down the left side?
Flow-chart forms & templates?
Edge-punched cards? (Like 80 col punched cards but smaller and
fan-folded, to be read & punched with PPT equipment).
96-"column" cards? (About 1/3 the size of an 80 col card, with binary
punches similar to PPT).
Mag cards (same size as 80 col card, but made of same stuff as floppy
disks)? Also 2 readers for same?
Digital cassettes (with the flip-over write protect tabs & BOT/EOT holes) and
a drive for same?
Some mag stripe ledger cards (_DUAL_ stripe, at that! - fond memories of
loading programs with ledger cards...)? A SLAFAC (Striped-Ledger-
Automatic-Form-Aligning-Carriage) to go with them?
BTW, anybody else out there have any experience working with mag-stripe
ledger systems? They actually had some advantages over disk-based
systems, especially the ability to look up data off-line (assuming of course
that you have an auto-reader and tape or disk storage as well).
A friend of mine works in an office that actually still uses a manual ledger
system. I thought it would be a neat project to emulate a mag-stripe system:
print bar codes on the cards, install a little scanner on the printer to look up
the corresponding data on disk as the card feeds in and away you go.
Unfortunately, I can't talk her management into it... :)
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