On Wednesday 02 April 2008 12:41, Les wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 09:20 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:
> > On Wed, 02 Apr 2008 09:56:54 -0500
> > "Mikkel L. Ellertson" <mikkel(a)infinity-ltd.com> wrote:
> > > I can remember writing a BASIC program that let you type in, and
> > > edit code, and would them write it to mag tape.
> > Someone mentioned flow charts. I'm pretty sure I still have my flow
> > chart diagramming stencil in a drawer if I got ambitious enough to go
> > looking for it. It's a plastic ruler with cut-outs for all of the
> > different shapes (boxes, curves, etc.) that you put on a flow chart
> > diagram which you can trace off of the ruler instead of having to draw
> > them by hand. I never was much of an artist....
> I'm with you. Flowcharting software is much easier and more readable.
> Too bad more programmers don't use it.
> But today the "RAD" movement dispenses with design of any kind, formal
> or informal, at least as it is taught. And please lets all kill the
> phrase "Self Documenting Code". If it were self documenting, it
> wouldn't be called code.
> Les H
We all could probably find our old flowcharting templates and maybe a few
examples of punch cards laying around. What about an IBM system 360 or
system reference card with all the neat conversion tables? Or even better
yet old tab machine wiring diagrams for machines like the 519, 557. 548,
403, 407, & 085. I've still got those from High School. Fun times!
But do you have any lace cards?
This list is making me feel old. (I started with fortran on cards in
1972. And we had to carve each of the cards from buffalo hides. While the
buffalo were moving. And we were grateful!)