- Apr 20, 2005
- Mid Atlantic (USA)
Anyone still using compact II programming language?
Still use Compact IIe every day of the week, got about 14,000 programs we use and maintain. A very powerful language, still hard to beat it today with many of the "state of the art" systems.
After talking with him for almost an hour about all his NC (not CNC) machines, I suddenly realized he was interviewing me for a programming job. Oops, I gotta leave. I didn't want to start commuting over 50 miles each way!
A large Pump manufacturer between Worcester and Springfield. It's been there for over 100 years, most likely bought the first copy of Compact IIe. we are also using Esprit and NX7.5.
The first MDSI Customer was 'US Naval Ordnance Station, Louisville, KY'.I know where you are then....
This post dated Febuary 1st, 2023 and believe it or not there are still people using it.Anyone still using compact II programming language?
Can I ask what Plasma Cutters did you program, what controls did they use and what was the machine code called? I have been searching for documentation on the Dutch Ship Building NC Code Standard called ESSI.Saw this post after being offline for a couple of weeks and couldn't believe it. I retired and emptied out my office two weeks ago. I just couldn't leave my Compact II manual behind, mostly for nostalgic reasons. I have showed students that the geometry they define in a modern CAD system with various mouse clicks was defined IN WORDS back in the APT Compact days. I still remember the teletypes, $0.45 CCU costs of Compact II and the plotter slowly etching out your tool path. We used it for a plasma cutter and (minimally) for a Whitney NC punch press.
"Sell" ???BTW I worked for MDSI/APPLICON and I think I have two cases of Compact II manuals in the basement. If anyone is interested, i will sell.