nunn at NUTMEG.CS.NTU.EDU.AU
Tue Jan 19 16:40:31 CST 1993
Thanks for the many replies people have sent me. I've got 7 poeple
lined up to recieve MONTANUS this friday (hopefully). What I'd like
to do now is give you a little description of MONTANUS, and what it
Last year, me and Chandramohan Thavakulasingam approached the Northern
Territory Conservation Commission, asking them if they wanted any
software produced for our final year Computing Project. We got informed
of a system in the Herbarium Section called DELTA. So we were instructed
to make a system to replace it.
MONTANUS is a baby clone of the CONFOR & INTKEY functions. It's not as
powerful as INTKEY, and the reason it's not is because we didn't have
time to implement all of the functions INTKEY had (for example BEST).
But what it does do is done very well.
MONTANUS is composed of three subprograms:
(a) The MONTANUS Manager: This a basically just a selection menu,
it also allows you to select a path to
a given DELTA database, and it's also
supplies various information about a
(b) BAC (Born Again Confor): This converts the 1986 DELTA standard
to MONTANUS format, in which it can be
queried. (Note: it will also convert
EXTREME VALUES not current in the
(c) BAIT (Born Again InTkey): This is the actual quering system.
Even though some of the quering
functions are a little bit different
in principle, but I'll list the
equivalent DELTA functions:
DELTA FUNCTION MONTANUS FUNCTION
USES SELECT CHARACTER
DIAGNOSE SELECT ITEM (a lose diagnose)
DIAGNOSE DIAGNOSE (more strict diagnose)
SUMMARY CHARACTER SUMMARY
MATCH SET MATCH
INCLUDE / EXCLUDE INC/EXC CHAR / ITEM
We were going to do more functions, but we ran out of time. Future
versions may posess functions equivalent to BEST. MONTANUS is all
menu driven. You will find it very easy it use.
Over all, I'm pretty impressed with 1.2B, compared to 1.0b & 1.1b.
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