|Assemblers email@example.com (1987-12-17)|
|Re: Assemblers franka@mntgfx.MENTOR.COM (1987-12-23)|
|Assemblers firstname.lastname@example.org (1987-12-23)|
|Re: Assemblers harvard!rutgers!hao!scicom!qetzal!upba!ugn!mcmi!de (1987-12-24)|
|Re: Assemblers ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU!unisoft!gethen!farren (1987-12-26)|
|From:||email@example.com (Dale Worley)|
|Date:||23 Dec 87 15:44:21 GMT|
|Organization:||Cullinet Software, Westwood, MA, USA|
| The list is shrinking, but we should still remember that today, in terms
| of customer demand, most software is written in assembler. So it is
| surprising that assembler tools aren't better, and it's also interesting
| that for all the advances in compiler technology, assembler programs still
Quite true. But one can also say: In terms of man-hours spent, most
software is written in Cobol. (Three-quarters (!) of all professional
programmers write in Cobol.)
The difference between these two statements isn't surprising...
Programs which are written once and used zillions of times are written
in assembler because the cost/benefit tradeoff favors it. Programs
which are not distributed so much have different tradeoffs.
Dale Worley Cullinet Software ARPA: firstname.lastname@example.org
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