Converting from Wang Basic-2 to NPL
NPL Answers Wang Issues
Wang 2200/Basic-2 Applications maintain exactly the same look and feel on a variety of hardware and operating systems. Following are a few application specific issues Niakwa addresses:
The "Advanced Information Management System" (AIMS) has been successfully ported to all NPL environments. For porting information, contact your local AIMS distributor or contact VCR, Inc. at (407) 722-0220.
The Wang IDEAS utility version 1.03 can be migrated to NPL. Modification of a single $GIO statement allows IDEAS to operate correctly under NPL. For details, contact Niakwa.
The Wang KFAM utilities have been successfully ported to NPL. Version 7.0 must be set up for multiplexed operation. Modifications are required only in the KFAMOPEN routine*.
With the replacement of specific code generation logic routines, the Wang SORT4 utility can successfully port to new systems. Contact Niakwa for these replacement routines.
The SPEED I utility and SPEED I-based applications have been modified to operate under NPL. SPEED I is easily migrated from the 2200 to any NPL environment. Post performance gains of 500% (and better on high-end 486 systems) are not uncommon. For details, contact your local SPEED I vendor or Northwest Source Group (NSG) at (206) 244-6205.
NPL's unique module feature easily integrates code from global partitions into each user's partition without line number or variable conflicts. Using Basic-2's global variables, NPL handles file and record locking on disk rather than in the global partition (as managed with Basic-2).
This task runs much faster in NPL, with the performance gains directly related to the hardware system in use.
2227B Asynchronous Communications Controller
Niakwa's 2227 Driver emulates the Wang 2227B Asynchronous Communications Controller. Niakwa's Scientific and Communications Driver (SCD) package provides the 2227 Driver and other drivers.
Many other Wang 2200/CS applications and formats have also been successfully converted to NPL.
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