PL/1 compilers for PC's and AT's

harvard!seismo!macom1!roth (dennis paul roth)
21 Apr 87 18:06:19 GMT

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From: harvard!seismo!macom1!roth (dennis paul roth)
Keywords: PL/1, compiler, PC, AT, LPI
Date: 21 Apr 87 18:06:19 GMT
Organization: CENTEL Business Information Systems INC.,Rockville, MD.

I thank all the persons who responded to my inquiry about a PL/1 compiler
for Xenix. My original request was not specific enough. What we were looking
for was a PL/1 compiler for a 80286 based machine under any operating system
that will support eight terminal users at the same time.

The responses all mentioned only two products:

1. a DOS PL/1 compiler for the PC from Digital Research

2. a UNIX PL/1 compiler for 68000/68020 and WECO 32100 based machines
that will be released for Xenix 80386 machines in May 1987 by LPI.

Language Processors, Inc (LPI)
400-1 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, Ma 02154

Contact: Bob Lapides (vp sales)
(617) 890-1155

Neither of these products solve my problem. The DOS system compiler doesn't
meet the multiple terminal user requirement and the LPI compiler will not
run on an 80286 machine. My boss was told in a telephone conversation with
an LPI representative that LPI is not planning to come out with a PL/1 compiler
for the 80286 because that chip's architecture presents too many problems. We
can't use an 80386 machine because this project involves 400 machines. The
cost difference between 400 80286 machines and 400 80386 machines is staggering.

So it looks like we will be converting the PL/1 code and the existing database
to C. If anyone knows of tools and techniques that will make this job easier
please drop me a line.
Dennis Paul Roth
CENTEL Business Information Systems, Inc.
5515 Security Lane, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, (301) 984-3636
UUCP: roth@macom1.UUCP or seismo!decuac!macom1!roth
[I suspect that if you want your code to run under Xenix, you're better off
translating it into C, since you can unix-ize your data and file structures
on the way. -John]

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