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New I know where he is going with that
MS Access is a "poor" example
Years ago TI had a product called "circus?" that was similar to his description, a bidness type would drag and drop what goes where and a developer would ensure the glue worked. A program called dapple is trying to do the same thing
[link|http://dabbledb.com/|http://dabbledb.com/]
thanx,
bill
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New I know the authors of dabbledb
Its written in Squeak/Seaside.

As for snap-together stuff - check out [link|http://squeakland.org|http://squeakland.org].

More can be done, but it should be possible to build "software schematics" that simply behave according to some rules.



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Expand Edited by tuberculosis Aug. 21, 2007, 05:58:23 AM EDT
New Note that the h/w folks Savain loves don't love schematics
Verilog, VHDL, and stuff like SystemC are where it's for chip design. Text does have some real advantages for designing systems.

If you like graphical, the only truly successful example I can think of is [link|http://www.ni.com/labview/|this dataflow language]. Maybe you could add its [link|http://www.home.agilent.com/USeng/nav/pd.html?CT=PRODUCT&ID=588957&cmpid=95203|competitor] and [link|http://www.measurementcomputing.com/cbicatalog/cbiproduct.asp?dept%5Fid=333&pf%5Fid=1357|former competitor]

The analogy to hardware design (electrical and mechanical) doesn't work well, either. I don't see secretaries designing circuit boards. And, despite part libraries of [link|http://www.misumi-europe.com/|over 500000 parts] I don't see secretaries designing mechanical machines either. It still takes a lot of skill, and a lot of custom mechanical parts to glue everything together -- I see it happen every day.

--Tony
New Does noone use circuit simulators?



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Expand Edited by tuberculosis Aug. 21, 2007, 05:58:45 AM EDT
New Circuit simulators are no silver bullet, esp for Analog
     Interesting Article on Software Engineering - (tuberculosis) - (48)
         off the cuff without reading the article - (boxley) - (17)
             Same as it ever was - (drewk) - (16)
                 He doesn't mention language at all - (tuberculosis) - (15)
                     Everything always looks better from the outside - (tonytib) - (1)
                         Hardware design is getting to look a lot like... - (ChrisR)
                     I was replying to Bill's comment, not really to the article - (drewk) - (12)
                         I know where he is going with that - (boxley) - (4)
                             I know the authors of dabbledb - (tuberculosis) - (3)
                                 Note that the h/w folks Savain loves don't love schematics - (tonytib) - (2)
                                     Does noone use circuit simulators? -NT - (tuberculosis) - (1)
                                         Circuit simulators are no silver bullet, esp for Analog -NT - (tonytib)
                         And another thing... - (jb4) - (4)
                             He's talking about the "90%" of programming. - (Another Scott) - (3)
                                 I'm considerably more skeptical about components - (tonytib) - (2)
                                     Well said. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                                         Well, we've already got 10^10 components... - (jb4)
                         The problem with user-built programs - (tablizer) - (1)
                             you expect anything different? - (Steve Lowe)
         The article is BS - (ben_tilly) - (28)
             I don't agree - (tuberculosis) - (26)
                 Er, what? It's 2006, dude. - (admin) - (12)
                     C++ was never about components - (tuberculosis) - (11)
                         ? in 97 useta write module compile in Borland - (boxley)
                         1994, actually. - (admin) - (9)
                             That's a side issue - (tuberculosis) - (8)
                                 Define "a few years" - (admin) - (7)
                                     No - (tuberculosis) - (6)
                                         Hey, YOU'RE the one who made the stupid assertion. - (admin)
                                         I guess... - (pwhysall) - (4)
                                             wrongly - (tuberculosis) - (3)
                                                 Don't leave. - (Another Scott)
                                                 Oh stop. - (bionerd)
                                                 Wind your neck in. - (pwhysall)
                 Just for the record: - (jb4)
                 I wish components worked like that everywhere - (ben_tilly) - (11)
                     What do you mean, traditionally? - (admin) - (10)
                         I mean what they mean in their documentation - (ben_tilly) - (9)
                             That's character set, not numeric. - (admin) - (8)
                                 So we were talking past each other -NT - (ben_tilly) - (7)
                                     The example you gave was of numeric sort not working. - (admin) - (2)
                                         No, it was not of *numeric* sort not working - (ben_tilly) - (1)
                                             Nevermind me, I'm tired tonight. -NT - (admin)
                                     There's a lot of that going on -NT - (tuberculosis) - (3)
                                         No - (admin) - (2)
                                             Whatever - (tuberculosis) - (1)
                                                 Who says irony is dead? -NT - (admin)
             The problem with hardware is deeper - (tonytib)
         Good luck with that - (warmachine)

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