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    Howard Guest

    advice for a future project


    My name is Howard Lesmeister. I'm in the process of buying a software program.
    The program is a Handicapping program for Horse Racing called Multi-Strats.
    The owners of the program where forced out of business 5 years ago due to
    personal problems. Before I make the purchase and receive the Source Code
    I am doing a lot of homework on the program and trying to get the best answers
    as possible. The main question I have is that the program is written in DOS
    BASIC and in order for me to make this program profitable and to be a program
    of the future it will have to be converted to a WINDOWS Version. It this
    possible? And if so can you help me? Is there any way to find out how much
    would be involved in the conversion without purchasing the source code to
    see if it would be worth my money and time. Please let me know. Thanks Howard



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    Dan Barclay Guest

    Re: advice for a future project

    Howard,

    On 29 Jul 2002 21:35:39 -0700, "Howard" <HowserLL@aol.com> wrote:

    >The main question I have is that the program is written in DOS
    >BASIC and in order for me to make this program profitable and to be a program
    >of the future it will have to be converted to a WINDOWS Version. It this
    >possible?


    Yes, it is possible, but the degree of difficulty can vary a *lot*.
    It can be trivial, or it can be so difficult that it would be easier
    to start from scratch.

    >And if so can you help me?


    I can't (well, everything has a price but I'm fully engaged right now
    so I'm sure I wouldn't be worth what it would take). Perhaps someone
    else can help.

    >Is there any way to find out how much
    >would be involved in the conversion without purchasing the source code to
    >see if it would be worth my money and time.


    I don' t know how to determine the degree of difficulty without
    looking at the source.

    This answer probably isn't much help, but my guess is that my answers
    don't surprise you.

    Good luck,
    Dan

    Language Stability is a *feature* I wish VB had!
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    Mike Mitchell Guest

    Re: advice for a future project

    On 29 Jul 2002 21:35:39 -0700, "Howard" <HowserLL@aol.com> wrote:

    > My name is Howard Lesmeister. I'm in the process of buying a software program.


    [snipped]

    Howard, there are several points that come to mind:

    If the software is five years old (assuming development stopped when
    they went out of business), how valid is it still today? If not quite
    up to scratch with latest requirements (I know nothing about horses),
    how amenable to change is the DOS version? That is, if the authors
    originally designed in some future-proofing, that's a good sign. On
    the other hand, the program may not be amenable at all to change, so
    you'd have to rewrite anyway.

    As to converting it to a Windows program, let's assume you decide to
    go ahead and do this. You then have to decide what Windows programming
    language and platform you're going to use. There are a number of
    choices from various vendors. You'll have to ask a lot of searching
    questions of prospective developers, because they will all have their
    pet hates and preferred choices. Don't be "sold" on something you
    later regret because someone told you that their's was the "only" way!

    You'll have to rewrite it, I'm afraid. Although there may be
    algorithms in the code that will work just as well in, say, Visual
    Basic 6, and you'd be able to re-adopt those in the Windows version,
    trying to convert a whole program is usually not the best approach.
    Your developer(s) will want to take advantage of the particular
    Windows language's best strengths, which would almost certainly mean
    redesigning the app from scratch.

    Finally, you probably already have an idea how much of a commercial
    proposition this is, but it *will* cost you a lot to have a decent
    Windows program developed. Don't try to cut corners by getting some
    college kid to "do it in his spare time". That usually is a waste of
    time, and the pull of young, nubile college females can destroy
    timescales!

    MM

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