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Re: Mark IV control software and actions
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- Subject: Re: Mark IV control software and actions
- From: email@example.com (Herbert R Johnson)
- Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 12:27:25 -0500
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On Tue, 27 Jan 1998 13:12:35 -0800, Chris Albertson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
*>What are the good and bad featuree of other telescope control systems?
*>I am thinking of adding "point and shoot" commands to an existing command
*>interpeter. I would pick an interpeter that is common enough that you
*>could go to a bookstore and find a book on the script language. It must
*>also allow funtions written in C to be compiled and called from the language.
*>The plan is to write all the primitives in C then add functions to the
*>command interpeter to referance these C functions.
*>3) Anyone think of something else worth looking at? Lisp?, Forth?
I would agree with others that the *script language* should be seperate
from the *command language*, so that those of us who do not care to
learn or to support Java or Tcl or Lisp or Forth can operate the Mark IV
system at a command level or in other ways.
For simple uses or testing, a straightforward command language
or command set would be very convenient. If nothing else, good design
suggests seperating the user-side software from the controlling software.
I suspect a simple command language would parallel
the functions available from a "program library" that would be referenced
by the above-mentioned languages and also C. Anyone who wished to incorporate
Mark IV support within their products or systems - including sites that
already have a local system in use - would want this kind of program-level
access and command-level support.
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