Post by BR
Well one and three would be nice, considering that the most information
out their is "There's this Smalltalk software called 'The Analyst',
written by Xerox XSIS, and it's (was?) used by the CIA". And that's it.
Two would most likely be stretching it.
From a cloud of electronic dust : (traced back to a copy of Xerox 1186
folder "kermit-ed" to a VAX 11-780 and then to a Mac II, backupped to
800k floppies and then transfered to the chain of macs im my homes : Mac
Plus, LC, LCIII, 230, 2300, 9600 and now a G4 ..)
The Analyst-85 is a development activity aimed at organizing and
enhancing the capabilities of analysts through the use of a flexible,
computer-based personal workstation. The features of the current
Analyst-85 system have evolved significantly from earlier versions, and
many new features have been added.
The Analyst-85 system permits you to view and easily manipulate
many forms of data such as text, pictures, and graphics. These data can
be created at the workstation itself or obtained electronically from
separate databases. The system also permits the remote operation of
applications programs on mainframe computers, with the results being
presented in such a way that they can be readily manipulated and
integrated into other activities on the display.
The Analyst-85 system is especially designed to be easily used
by individuals who have no familiarity with computers. The system is
dependable, and it is essentially impossible for you to work yourself
into a corner. Thus, the easiest way to learn the Analyst-85 software is
by actively using it! For a short beginning document that introduces you
to its basic software features, read The Analyst-85 Primer.
Sections I and II of this document repeat much of the basic
material contained in The Analyst-85 Primer. However, Section III
details all the functions and menus of all the analytical tools that are
providedõúand with this information you can explore every system
capability. The document material has, in general, been arranged in
order of the skill necessary to use each feature successfully. By the
time you get to the point of using that feature, you will have developed
these skills. An on-line Help aid, and this Reference Manual, are also
available in text form on the display.
Every effort has been made to make this document as accurate and
informative as possible, but activities for the Analyst-85 system are
dynamic and changing. Consequently, there is no way to be completely
up-to-date. The information contained in this document is based on the
best information at Vista Laboratory on the date of publication and may
not correspond exactly to the Analyst-85 configuration which you use.
However, it should make no difference in your learning how to use the
system quickly and efficiently with this documentation.
In 1986 I was a student at the Milan Politechnic Artificial Intelligence
Project and there was a cooperation effort with the local Xerox
subsidiary (hey Roberto Ghislanzoni ! are you still around ?) so we took
a Xerox Lisp machine (an 1186 model), we literally stuffed up an A3
sized memory card with ... 4 Megabytes and configured the machine to run
Smalltalk (DV6, Analyst andd the Humble expert system) for a demo room.
So we played a little with Analyst and Humble.
I remember that some piece of Smalltalk source run also on the very
first edition of Smalltalk for PC and Mac (the spreadsheet, i.e.), but
suddenly The Analyst disappeared ...
Ing. Davide Grandi