[Pdx-pm] XP Project Management Tool
Thomas J Keller
kellert at ohsu.edu
Tue Dec 14 16:08:48 CST 2004
Speaking of "what's out there", has anyone used R as a statistical
analysis environment? (www.r-project.org)
Does one need to learn the R language to use the tools develeped with
it, or can one use perl wrappers to develop pipelines of R-tools?
On Dec 14, 2004, at 12:39 PM, <publiustemp-pdxpm at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Austin Schutz <tex at off.org> wrote:
>> I disagree with the "toy" assessment. I guess that's my point. :-)
> When I first started programming in the early 80s, BASIC was a serious
> business language. As business required more, the limitations of BASIC
> became apparent. Frankly, BASIC would work for many of the smaller
> applications out there, it just wouldn't be the best choice. If most
> other languages cost a ton of money, though, BASIC would have a strong
> following (as it did when it came free with many computers.)
> I can't prove it, but I'm willing to be that many of those BASIC
> programmers would fiercely defend their choice of language. And you
> know what? They would be right. If BASIC was the only free language
> most programmers would know BASIC and it would be a ubiquitous tool
> with programmers touting the CBAN to handle much of the heavy lifting.
> If that's the tool available, that's fine and there's nothing wrong
> with it, but few would really argue that BASIC can hold a candle to
> Perl or other modern programming languages.
> If Oracle were free and open-source, we wouldn't be having this
> discussion. If MySQL/BASIC fits your needs, that's OK, but they both
> still have serious limitations. Need partitioning? Need
> (functioning) writeable views? Flashback queries? Materialized views?
> There's a ton more, but you get the idea. If someone needs these
> features but doesn't have them, they do workarounds.
> And just to reiterate, in case my point was lost: there's nothing
> wrong with MySQL. If it fits your needs, fine. If you need more, you
> may not realize it if you don't know what else is out there.
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