The standard operating mode for companies that write software is to
never provide any user access to their own information. The word
"proprietary" is used and therefore it restricts users from
accessing their own information. I spent 25 years translating these so
called "proprietary" structures so companies could move their
information to another system, otherwise they would have been stuck on
an old system paying millions of dollars in license fees, and not being
able to upgrade.
I now find this same attitude is being used in access to our own
hardware, which in affect produces the same result. Actually is has been
going on all the time, I have always assumed is was lack of technology.
40 years without progress in software development has to be on purpose.
I keep seeing the world of software development taking more and more
time and producing less and less functionality.
I am writing "Jane" to break all access barriers and provide
companies with complete access to all hardware, information, and logic.
I want Jane to provide all the basic logic, so things that now take
years can be done in seconds.
Jane will eliminate all variations in information structures. There
will be one number format of infinite size, one image format, one video
format, one font format, and so on. To Jane it's not one format,
but rather one set of terms relating to a specific person, place, or
thing. All terms relating to the thing "Video" are known to "Jane" and
she provides instant access to this knowledge and provides the logic to
perform known actions. So all the terms relating to video such as: Read,
Write, Play, Rewind, Position, Fames, Length, Size,... are readily
Many of the video's terms, apply to any time based, location based,
human endeavor, or historical events information structures. Jane is not
just concerned with the mechanical handling of information but also with
all related knowledge. The terms used for video, also apply to
construction projects, pieces of art, and other time based information
structures. So I can ask; when was it created?, who was in it?, where
was it shot?. Any term relating to Video are managed by Jane, as well as
all other Persons, Places or Things.
Most corporations might have 50 subject headers. So someone like
Johns Hopkins Hospital, could run their facility with 50 main terms.
Then within these terms any piece of information could be retrieved
using at most six sub-terms. "Male patients of Dr Wentworth, diagnosed
with Acute Myeloid in 2014".
"A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has
already been discovered by others." -- Abraham Lincoln
"Chickens are the way eggs reproduce." -- unknown
"I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt
her." -- Rodney Dangerfield
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I
understand." -- Confucius
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first
four sharpening the axe." -- Abraham Lincoln
Status of Software Development
I have been searching the web for ways to improve software
development. I find the same words; AI, AGILE, Cloud, Big
Data, Testing,... I cannot find a description on the problem for
I state that software development's problem is "access".
Access to hardware, access to information, and access to knowledge. Just
as we have given no knowledge of medicine, therefore we are forced into
the medical system. So it is with software development, over the last 50
years, we are given less and less access to computer technology. This
means we are forced into slavery to the corporate systems.
"Jane" is being written to allow complete access to hardware,
information and logic. Jane will not add any new to the technology but the
speed of software development will go from man year to seconds. We
how and what, and why, we are simply being denied access. "Jane" will
remove all barriers.
I would like to be the only one to run software on my own hardware. I
am getting less and less of my own resources.
The number of Intel CPU instructions is 2,034. The number of
instructions that I have direct access using C++ is about 200 (10%).
When I counted the number of instructions used in EXCEL, there were
about 47 different CPU instructions.
Software development is hindered by limited CPU access. I will write my
compiler to allow access to 100% of the CPU instructions. I will
BCD instructions, I will permit a BCD datatype, and the access to the
I can (and have) implemented the Intel assembler syntax, but I think I will
take this out because it is redundant and much harder to write that
it should. I will let the compiler do the work.
The National Library of Medicine has 16 classifications. Dewey
Decimal has 10 classes. Library of Congress has 23 Pattern Headings.
Universal Decimal Classification has 10 classes.
These are examples of classification schemes. In my examples I
generally assume a company has limited resources and cannot easily
define universal subject headings. This is not a bad thing, it may
actually be the preferred method within a closed system. It may be
better to create domain specific terminology that simplifies and speeds
New concepts in information management, easy access to logic. The
merging of compiler technologies to satisfy everyone's technical needs.
so, I was limited by the keyboard character set. The keyboard determines
the number of characters that I can use to specify logic.
I started looking at redesigning the keyboard. I was shocked at what
I found. The windows keyboard has 104 keys, I only have access to 64 of
these keys. The remaining 40 keys are never used, so 39% of the keyboard
The first thing I would do is move the CAP-LOCK key. It causes most
of my typing errors, especially on my laptop.
To improve software development we must improve the keyboard by
adding more characters in which to describe logic. This also implies
that we need better editors to take advantage of the redesign.
My redesign of the keyboard would permit the entry of math equations.
The companion editor would enter, display and print the equations in
their natural form. I would also look at adding more grouping
We have based all of software development around the design of the
1903 typewriter. I think with each new carefully chosen character that
we add, to the keyboard, will improve software development ten fold.
can add stickers to my keyboard's unused keys.
☾ ☽ ❬ ❭ √ ∫ ∞ ≠ ∠ £ ÷ ± λ
᚜ ᚛ ∑ ∝ ∴ ⊃ • ° ∂ ∈ Δ π ⇔ ⧼ ⧽
syntax. I will not use Unicode, rather create a new 256 character set
with a new font system. More on the faults within the current font
system at a later date. I will simply say the current font systems do
not provide the information nor the functionality needed for character
placement, font transport, sorting, or for nationality tagging. The
character sets I create are infinite in size if you are worried when I
said 256, this is all I need (for now) for the US keyboard.
It seems weird that in 114 years we have not added a single character
to our information systems. I can only assume we have nothing more to
add to society.
I may, just to be mean, change the layout of the keys.
Without more symbols to represent thought, then we are funneled down
to this narrow self imposed limitation of communication with the
computer. It's not like I am creating anything new, we already have the
symbols that everyone knows, they are out of our reach, for some
reason... stupid keyboard...