dBase IV for VAX/VMS (was WordPerfect 5.1+ for VMS)

Nigel Johnson nw.johnson at ieee.org
Sat Jul 20 15:37:01 CDT 2019

I never could figure out why would anybody need dbase IV when RMS was 
built into the VAX file system?

I once did a media conversion from Vax to PC where the programmers said 
the uVax II was as slow as molasses, then I found that they had the data 
stored as a flat ASCII file !

On 20/07/2019 16:15, Dave Wade via cctalk wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org> On Behalf Of Antonio Carlini
>> via cctalk
>> Sent: 20 July 2019 18:20
>> To: Bill Gunshannon via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>> Subject: Re: dBase IV for VAX/VMS (was WordPerfect 5.1+ for VMS)
>> On 20/07/2019 00:15, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk wrote:
>>> On 7/19/19 4:04 PM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>>>>> On Jul 18, 2019, at 8:58 PM, Eric Dittman via cctalk
>> <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>>>>> On 7/18/2019 12:26 AM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>>>>>> On a related note, was there ever a copy of dBase III or dBase IV for
>> VAX/VMS?  I know there was a version of Lotus 1-2-3.
>>>>> I don't know about the earlier versions but I have a copy of dBase
>>>>> IV for VAX/VMS that's still in the shrink-wrap.
>>>>> --
>>>>> Eric Dittman
>>>> Interesting, so my vague memory was correct.  That means they had
>> WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, and dBase IV available.  Was there All-IN-1
>> integration?  I think both WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 offered that.
>>>> There seems to be almost no info online on it.
>>> I just looked and none of the three were included in the VAX Software
>>> Source Book.
>> Lotus 1-2-3 had AL-IN-1 integration (at least that's what the announcement
>> of it's retirement suggests. It sounds like Lotus developed and sold it and
>> Digital just advertised it. The retirement happened in 1995.
>> Back in 1991, all three were available on the VAXstation 4000 VLC:
>> "VAXstation 4000 VLC
>> The VAXstation 4000 VLC workstation is the first workstation in the industry
>> to break the $3,500 price barrier.  Offering 6.2 SPECmarks (6 VUPs) of
>> processing power, this system is twice as powerful as the previous entry-
>> level VAXstation 3100 Model 30 system. This low price and DEC SoftPC V3.0
>> software (Digital's PC emulator) or native applications, such as Lotus 1-2-3,
>> dBASE IV, or WordPerfect, make the VAXstation 4000 VLC system a desirable
>> alternative to PCs in the VMS environment. For more information regarding
>> DEC SoftPC software, see the related article in this issue of Digital's Customer
>> Update."
>> I don't see a price anywhere so I can't tell how "low" it really was :-)
>> Antonio
> Well given what you say above I would guess $3,499!
> Does any one know if its possible to buy traded 123 , WP, DBASE or SoftPC for the VLC?
> It would be real fun to see how slow they were on the VLC although it does seem to run the software I have installed very smoothly
> Dave
>> --
>> Antonio Carlini
>> antonio at acarlini.com

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