Talk:MAPPER

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Intro[edit]

MAPPER is an important product in the history of programming languages. This page is only a small start. Any further information would be welcomed. jmswtlk 19:08, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Comment[edit]

An unsigned comment on 5/11/2007 (MAPPER page difference, with comment) was removed for several reasons. If the comment is legit, it could be introduced as another section or page. Note to GreyGeek, Wiki has this emphasis on notable, however you describe an interesting situation that could deserve it own page. That it is not current is not an issue as there are many historical pages (example, Lisp machine) on computing. jmswtlk 00:58, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

The text entered by "GreyGeek" is as follows (with minor spelling correction):

Not so. In 1980-3 I was selling a database/AI RAD system known as SAVVY. It was first produced as a peripheral card for the APPLE ][+ be later was offered as software only for the IBM PC. It was written in PolyForth and its application editor exhibited FORTH-like features. The "natural language" front end could take an ordinary request like "List all my customers in Denver who have purchased WidgetX in the last 5 years, their total purchases, and sort them by address" and a report would be generated. SAVVY was invented by James ??? III, the grandson of Belle Starr, the outlaw woman. He was suspicious of patents and partners and shared his ideas with only one other person. They were the total development team. Needless to say, the move to networking and multi-users was too big for them to handle and the market moved on. The IBM version of SAVVY could run only on an HD 10MB or smaller. However, it was a system where the end user, with NO computer training, could define and use tasks which would make managing their business process effortless. - GreyGeek

Variants[edit]

As a customer, we were always told that MAPPER stood for "Maintaining, Preparing and Producing Executive Reports", though in more light-hearted moments, enthusiasts would give the alternate rendering of "Most Amazing Programming Product Ever Released". Chickpea57 (talk) 16:35, 27 August 2008 (UTC)