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DIY Programming

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by shayla, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Not wanting to pay Quick Books fifty bucks a month for the service, Hubby wrote a program that helps him to do quarterlies. This weekend, he got done in twenty minutes what used to take two hours. He learned to code last year, and built a website for his day job employer. Pretty cool, that he keeps adding to his bag of tricks.

    Do any of you write your own programs/code? (It's a safe bet that Mike does.) I would have zero clue.
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  2. i-FRAMER

    i-FRAMER MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Back in 1990 when PC's were just starting to grow i wrote a program for the local Council.

    I currently worked there in rates and Payroll.
    The Family Day care department would have to create invoices for clients as well as the payroll for the home helpers. It used to take 2 ladies a week to do this.

    So i wrote a program on excel where they could just input the time sheets, and it would calculate the the invoices for the clients and payroll at the same time.
    This meant it only took 1 person 2 days.

    The council sent me to Unisys who were running courses on excel and i ended up showing the tutor how to do things.
    I did not know it at the time but the Government were looking into programs to do the exact thing i had created. My council had submitted the program i created and it was authorised as only 1 of 4 that could be used.
    Up against the big companies.

    However, i was young 20, and not really aware of abilities and liked to party. Left probably 6 months later to travel for the next 7 years. Apparently they continued to use my program for the following 5 years.
    If i had of known, i would have developed independently and charged for it.

    Anyway, i do plan to learn when i can find more time.
    My son just turned 9 is learning Python. So i am hoping to follow along and learn with him. But i am sure he will learn it quicker then me.
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  3. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    QuickBooks has a feature that memorizes transactions built into the standard program. When the designated date arrives, it automatically creates the transaction. You do have to print the check via "print checks" manually whenever you print another check.
  4. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Shayla, I started programming in Fortran, back in the late 60's. Some machine language [used punched cards].

    After PC's came out tried to do some simplified basic on the Apple 3. But then with the IBM PC competition, Apple decided to stop serving the business market and they came out with their Macintosh which was more for the arts side. They basically stopped support / development on the Apple 3 side, so I had to go to IBM.

    Did programming on PC's, including DBase, Basic, and others, and a lot of conversion of client databases into Dbase, and later, into earlier versions of Excel, and finally Access.

    I have my own POS system / accounting system that is primarily in Access, but it also links with Excel. I can get supplier price info in a text file that I can import into Excel before linking to Access.
  5. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Or, if you have AutoPay set up, you can just do nothing, if you have it set to Automatically Enter.
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  6. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I learned Fortran 4 in school. When I was in Kmart's DP department as a system analyst, Cobol was used. We were designing a system before PCs existed to set up data transfer between stores and corporate. The system included payroll, inventory control, and POS. The Burrough's bookkeeping machine ran out of space for memory @ 32K. The modems were 300 baud and the data and program were on 1/4" cassettes.
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  7. troyveluz

    troyveluz MGF, Master Grumble Framer

  8. Dirk

    Dirk CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Oh, for the days of FORTRAN. Sublime function with no extra baggage. A computer that computed. One file at a time, and all of it within the grasp of the programmer. Mano a mano. Just me and the machine. Logical, inviolate rules, and a keypunch machine that made tangible cards with all the code in full view.
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  9. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Except the computer was 45 miles away, and 24 hour turnaround, and we had to send the punch cards and hope they didn't get dropped. and dang, I coded '1H1' for a page break, instead of '1H0' for a line break, and I got 95 blank pages - yes the good old days.
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  10. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I never wrote any code, but when I was a sociology student we would have to key in the results of our surveys to a terminal that would generate stacks of punch cards to take to the computer center on campus for tabulation and printout on tractor-feed paper. Woe betide anyone who bent, folded, spindled, or mutilated those cards, or got them out of order.
    :cool: Rick
  11. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    I knew some engineers that bathed in Fortran. All geeks.

    Cobol was the language of power. Ever try it?
  12. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Yes, and I preferred Fortran. Cobol reminded me of a programming language that would be designed by a government agency. - too much structure.
  13. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Cobol was the goto language for business system development in the day.
  14. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Right. And you haven't lived unless you've had to debug a large government system that failed at 4:00 in the morning.
  15. MarkyW

    MarkyW SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I still have this tablet of blank Fortran coding forms from my college days. Don't remember anything about it, though, other than you wanted everything to be concise.

    Fortran Form.jpg
  16. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    ..... to be sent to the o29 key punch operator to transcribe into punch cards.
  17. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    COBOL, punched cards. Those were the good old days.......................NOT



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  18. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    You missed Mark IV.

    That's the one that let's you build a castle in two minutes. Great if you had ADD.
  19. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    He's getting ready to learn a new one. Not sure what it is. He's good at patiently explaining how regular programming is all just a bunch of 1's and 0's, but it escapes me. Then again, I can make pies and he can't.
  20. Grey Owl

    Grey Owl SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Yes, just like a narrow black frame is the go to frame for many customers. Doesn't mean it is right.

    But yes, our computer group probably had 10 COBOL programmers, and 2 Assembler programmers, and 1 Fortran programmer. And 20 keypunch operators. In College, the program languages were assembler and Fortran - no COBOL I saw, but I was in Engineering School. And I had a great slide rule too.
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