7.0092 S/W: Parser Generator System; Quattro Pro (2/65)

Wed, 14 Jul 1993 21:19:21 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0092. Wednesday, 14 Jul 1993.

(1) Date: Mon, 28 Jun 93 17:20:44 CDT (28 lines)
From: "Richard L. Goerwitz" <goer@MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
Subject: parser generator system for Humanists

(2) Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1993 02:31:55 -0600 (CST) (37 lines)
Subject: a plug for Quattro Pro

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Date: Mon, 28 Jun 93 17:20:44 CDT
From: "Richard L. Goerwitz" <goer@MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
Subject: parser generator system for Humanists

I've written a so-called parser generator for Humanists, based on
the Icon programming language. Unlike most such tools, it is accom-
panied by documentation that requires no special experience in auto-
maton or parsing theory. All it requires is familiarity with Icon
and a basic understanding of what it means to parse something.

The parser generator is in late beta testing stages, and I'm inter-
ested in input from a broader audience.

Anyone wanting a copy, please contact me. Please specify a format
for mailing (e.g. tar/uuencoded, shell archived, etc.). If your sys-
tem chokes on mail files over a certain size, note this. Also, make
sure, before requesting the package, that the system it is to be used
on has a full Icon installation. Learning to utilize a parser gen-
erator - even one geared for Humanists - takes a little dedication,
and it would be nuts to try to dedicate oneself to a task for which
essential tools were lacking!


Richard Goerwitz

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Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1993 02:31:55 -0600 (CST)
Subject: a plug for Quattro Pro

I have used Quattro Pro (DOS) for 3 years and recommend
it very highly. It is well integrated with Paradox. I taught
it at West Point a few years back. The plebes (freshmen)
were learning Quattro for their math and engineering
courses, and were utterly baffled when they were told their
history class would have 4 hours of lab time on Quattro, and
that they would be required to do a Quattro homework
project. The project turned out to be coding the service
records of Civil War soldiers (names, age, birthplace,
service dates, wounds, illness, promotions.) Some wannabe
warriors were annoyed by this sort of history ("new social
history" it's called.) We were studying the Civil War--and
instead of Grant and Lee and Stonewall Jackson they were
getting John Doe and Richard Roe. "Sir! What value does
this have for my military career, Sir? I explained that as
lieutenants and captains they would be spending most of
their duty time filling out forms exactly like these but
rather less interesting. Quattro proved quite easy to teach
(to engineers).
While I do a lot of statistical work and graphics, I
also use Quattro for most of my routine dbms projects, like
bibliographies and mailing lists. I greatly appreciate the
ability to split screens, hold multiple files simultaneously
and highlight different ranges. It is very easy to move
items back and forth between files. Quattro reads and writes
dbase/foxbase .dbf files, so I rarely have to turn to those
programs anymore. I have tried Paradox but never actually
use it.
I tried Excel a few times and never enjoyed it. I've
never tried Access.
Richard Jensen, U of Illinois Chicago