Mac front-end for VAX GCG

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Fri Nov 6 01:37:54 EST 1992


In article <1992Nov5.153519.15673 at gserv1.dl.ac.uk>, robertson at mpib-tuebingen.mpg.dbp.de (BRAIN ROBERTSON) writes:
|> 
|> Therefore it looks pretty bad if you are trying to introdue PC users to VMS and
|> GCG. However, I have heard that a version of GCG running under Xwindows should
|> be available sometime in 1993/94. This would allow users running MacX etc to
|> access the system.

I (hopefully) will be able to get the QUERY system for public release quite 
soon. This is like the GCGNAV on UNIX but also runs on VMS. The pain with 
all these menu systems/front ends is that you need to maintain the menu 
definition langue to be quite simple. Thus, comfortable environments will 
cause a lot of overhead in maintenance (and , presumably, speed.). Second, 
who would like to start fasta with 20 clicks rather than type fasta and that's 
it? Last, don't overestimate the technology at the individual sites. Despite 
the growing 'high end' user basis, we still have the majority of our users
on serial lines. I made some attempts to run SLIP along these lines. Not 
surprisingly, X performance is moderate at best. 


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