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APDL hunts for coders

By Chris Williams. Published: 31st Jan 2004, 23:16:46 | Permalink | Printable

32bit or bust

32bit otifAPDL have this weekend called for programmers to help them convert their amassed software catalogue to be 32bit, and therefore Iyonix, compatible. Hired programmers will also work on improving APDL's software titles and should be particularly competent with C and obviously producing RISC OS software.

The announcement, released by APDL's software arm ProAction, fails to mention whether or not the programmers will require an Iyonix but we'll assume it's highly advantageous if they have one, particularly for testing purposes. The London based dealer will also happily pay for programmers' work, an encouraging move which should attract coders while implying there'll be development costs that'll be pushed onto users. Paying for much needed upgrades shouldn't be too painful, right? Nothing like stimulating development.

APDL's software catalogue grew considerably when it absorbed Clares' classic yet aging range of titles. In August last year, APDL shied away from the prospect of making their collection Iyonix compatible. After public pressure, ProAction clarified its position by saying it would make its software 32bit compatible provided it made financial sense. The fact that APDL are willing to hire people to convert and update their wares is therefore reassuring.

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"Wanted - Programmers with C experience" APDL website

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Now if only WSS would do the same thing!

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 1/2/04 12:50PM
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Good news, indeed since that should speed things up for APDL and the products they offer.

As for dansguardians post: Indeed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 1/2/04 4:32PM
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dans: they are, as has been noted on the Iyonix list.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 1/2/04 5:35PM
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Hurrah! At last I can seriously think about purchasing an Iyonix, as RiscCAD is within APDL's catalogue and it is my main desktop app. Dave H. - I feel it is only fair that you should charge for your upgrades. I would. I also hope that some amount of feature and functionality enhancement can also be considered/included whilst the re-coding is underway. I'm happy to suggest a goodly amount of ideas. I look forward to future announcements.

regards

Peter

 is a RISC OS UserPJA on 1/2/04 6:07PM
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Good for APDL! The mention of "Improved 26 bit versions" is very encouraging also!

And good luck to WSS! On the subject of WSS, what happened to the much-vaunted 'Chockcino' Java project that they were promoting at various RISC OS shows as one of their forthcoming releases?

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 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 1/2/04 6:12PM
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Heh, I didn't realise the Chockcino page was still there. :-)

One interesting quote from the page is,

"Also planned for the future is a full-blown web browser"

So it seems that some plans never change.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 2/2/04 9:38AM
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Tempting, but never used the acorn C/C++ tools, don't possess them, and don't own a Iyonix... I'll sit here and do nothing as usual :)

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 2/2/04 2:32PM
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Chocky: For those not on the IYONIX list, can anyone spill the beans as to what WSS are up to at the moment? Are they, like APDL, looking for 'help'?

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 2/2/04 3:26PM
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My problem is, I've got all the development tools (Castle C++ - all legit, too), I can do WIMP coding, but I haven't got much experience doing it - about a year. I can code something along the lines of !Alarm or maybe a !Edit clone using Zapredraw, but I doubt I could do anything anywhere near as complex as, say, Impression or Sibelius. Then there's the fact that I haven't got an Iyonix, so no way of testing code on a 32-bit system - c'est la vie.

 is a RISC OS Userphilpem on 4/2/04 11:50PM
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If you want WSS to 32-bit stufF - why don't you offer to do the work for them?

philpem: If you want experience then try your hand at 32-bitting some of the 26-bit PD utilities. The source code for some of them is available with the app, or you could use ARMalyser :-) .

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 11/2/04 10:18AM
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