On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Philip Pemberton
<classiccmp at philpem.me.uk> wrote:
On 19/09/10 19:17, Mark Davidson wrote:
Clarion was originally the
purveyors of the Clarion Development System, a 4GL-like system for DOS
and (eventually) Windows.
Apparently good for databases and business apps. The British magazine "PC
Plus" put a demo version of Clarion on a CD a while ago (1996/1997
timeframe), and did a whole series of articles on how to use it.
That was one of the incredibly frustrating things about Clarion...
they had a pretty good product and yes, it was good for database and
business apps. However, they made some incredibly bad decisions, and
the company itself was full of unhappy people. Many people who used
Clarion loved Clarion.
I remember my 2nd day there... the team of developers I had joined
(there were 5 of us) spent the entire lunch telling me how much the
company sucked and how I had better like my salary because raises were
nonexistent. Nice, eh?
Didn't seem to make it any more popular though. I
always used Delphi and the
BDE for quick database apps, and C, newt (Erik Troan's windowing toolkit)
and one of the SQL engines (sqlite, mysql or postgres) for the more advanced
No... they decided they wanted to compete with Ashton-Tate. They lost.
with JPI to gain the compiler
technology of TopSpeed. ?I don't know if you can still get the
original compiler system from Clarion.
It looks like you can still get Clarion, but TopSpeed C seems to be long
gone. Clarion now seems to be owned by SoftVelocity, who are advertising the
fact that it has a Modula-2 and C++ compiler in addition to Clarion 4GL, but
there's no sign of a separate compiler option.
SoftVelocity is the name of the merged company. The compilers are
only available to use with Clarion itself AFAIK.
for anyone who
Disclaimer: ?I worked for Clarion back in 1987 or
so, back before
TopSpeed and before they went into the world of Windows. ?I definitely
have a bias. :) ?They're idiots.
I could name a lot of software companies who could be described as
Oh, so could I. I just got out of there as fast as I could... it was
the shortest employment period of my life.