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Turning VistA into a "real" open source project

Turning VistA into a "real" open source project

Posted Mar 27, 2011 20:29 UTC (Sun) by rtweed (guest, #73902)
In reply to: Turning VistA into a "real" open source project by dark
Parent article: Turning VistA into a "real" open source project

I'd suggest looking at this series of postings and their comments before exercising the usual tired old ill-informed prejudices about the Mumps language once more:

http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/5490/is-mu...

In summary:

Yes, there are historic reasons why the arcane style of coding in old VistA code was used.

No, a modern developer would not code this way (unless they were either having to maintain old legacy code or inept)

Like it or not, VistA has been highly successful, unlike the many eye-wateringly expensive failed attempts over the years to replace it with "better" or "more modern" technologies. Go figure, as they say in the US.


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Turning VistA into a "real" open source project

Posted Mar 27, 2011 22:12 UTC (Sun) by vonbrand (guest, #4458) [Link]

Alfred North Whitehead said it best: "It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments." (thanks to Wikiquote)

Turning VistA into a "real" open source project

Posted Mar 28, 2011 6:12 UTC (Mon) by dark (guest, #8483) [Link]

Prejudices? I wasn't exercising any prejudices. I went and actually looked at the VistA source code and I posted what I found. Then I drew conclusions based on what I found. Indeed, those conclusions are not based on what the code might have looked like if VistA were written again today, but I don't think that's a flaw.


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