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November 17, 1993

PORTING AT NAT SYSTEMS

By CBR Staff Writer

What’s the difference between porting – a weasel word we try to keep out of Computergram – and converting, a term avoided by weaselly vendors at all costs because it justifiably scares users? The idea port is intended to convey is that the software is eminently portable, and a cinch to move to a new environment – a 10-minute recompilation at worst, n’est-ce pas? Well not quite – Paris company Nat Systemes SA says that its porting effort to create the development environment for Microsoft Corp’s 32-bit Visual C++ involved writing 80,000 lines of code.

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