Good lord! There are so many...JavelinPlus
- radically powerful financial modeling software frequently mistaken for a spreadsheet. I used this extensively when it first came out back when I was in corporate financial planning. I have yet to see anything that comes close to it in terms of design or functional elegance.
Javelin encourages viewing data and algorithms in various self-documenting ways, including simultaneous multiple synchronized views. For example, users can move through the connections between variables on a diagram while seeing the logical roots and branches of each variable. This is an example of what is perhaps its primary contribution—the concept of traceability of a user's logic or model structure through its twelve views. Among its dynamically linked views were: diagram, formulas, table, chart, QuickGraph, worksheet, notes, errors, macro, graph. A complex model can be dissected and understood by others who had no role in its creation, and this remains unique even today. Javelin was used primarily for financial modeling, but was also used to build instructional models in college chemistry courses, to model the world's economies, and by the military in the early Star Wars project. It is still in use by institutions for which model integrity is mission critical.
Javelin received multiple awards, including: "Best of 1985" for technical excellence from PC Magazine; "Most Significant Product" from PC Week; and "Software Product of the Year". 'The Infoworld award apparently created some consternation in the top ranks of number two Microsoft:'
"Then there was the year Microsoft's new Windows spreadsheet, Excel, was up against start-up Javelin Software's Javelin spreadsheet for InfoWorld Product of the Year. Although Excel was a beautiful extension of the existing spreadsheet concept, Javelin had imaginative features, says Michael McCarthy, InfoWorld reviews editor from 1984 to 1990 and current publisher of IDG's San Francisco-based Web Publishing Inc., producers of JavaWorld and SunWorld. "I persuaded InfoWorld to give Javelin Product of the Year," McCarthy says. "At the InfoWorld dinner at Comdex, when they gave out the award for Product of the Year and Excel came in second, Bill Gates got up and stomped out of the room in front of everybody in a spectacularly rude manner." "Backstage: InfoWorld's movers and shakers By Scott Mace http://archive.infow...8ann.backstage.shtml
================================ Ronstadt's Financials
- Brilliant!, brilliant!!, brilliant!!!
business financial planning tool and book set. I planned my very first startup using this software. I've used it with several other businesses I've been involved with as well. Good 1989 Inc.Magazine
article about the product and it's creator here
- time was, if you wanted to write your own "real" programs, "TP three-oh-two" was what you used. (Still available for free download
courtesy of Borland!)
Business programs benefited from the BCD edition
(originally extra $$$, later incorporated into a single release) which avoided floating point arithmetic hassles by providing binary coded decimal
real number math capabilities.
From the README.TXT file:
WELCOME TO TURBO PASCAL 3.0
This file contains important information not found in the Reference
Manual. Included is information on how to get technical help, a
description of differences between Turbo Pascal 2.0 and 3.0,
corrections to the Reference Manual, and a complete list of files on
the distribution disk. Since this file contains information important
to you, please read it in its entirety; hopefully it will answer any
questions you may have.
Special Note: Turbo Pascal now comes complete with three versions of
the compiler. The standard compiler: TURBO.COM, the compiler with
support for the optional 8087 math coprocessor: TURBO-87.COM, and the
compiler with BCD (Binary Coded Decimal) real number support for precise,
business oriented computations: TURBOBCD.COM. Simply recompile your
source code with one of the compilers to take advantage of the optional
real number support. Please note that to use TURBO-87.COM you must
have an 8087 coprocessor chip installed in your computer. Most
computers do not come with the 8087 chip installed.
====================================FidoNet BBS and QModemIts wot got us all started goin' up online to begin wit Guv, innit?
A super dial-up client (with VT100 terminalemulation and ZModem support built-in!) plus a solid network-aware BBS system. The combination was a match made in heaven. Harbingers of what was to come.
This was our Internet before
there was an Internet. (Note: FidoNet is still around too!)Software Hall of Fame Software Hall of Fame
I could go on and on about all the others (past and present) in my personal Hall o' Fame....so I'd better stop now.