Steve Thompson sez:
>> Hello molbio netlanders -
>> I just can't let this one go by uncontested.
>> In <9302180457.AA20119 at net.bio.net> Dave "KNECHT%UCONNVM.bitnet" complains
> about GCG:
>> > ... and from my experience with GCG, I expect it to die a slow death that I
> > will shed no tears over. I hate having to work with a manual open on my lap.
>> I believe that Dave is terribly mistaken. In my experience, GCG is THE BEST
> all around commercial package available in this field. Their technical support
> staff are A #1 and ALWAYS promptly reply to questions with solutions and those
> that are not immediately resolved usually only require a couple of days. If
> having to always have a manual available is a problem, try running their
> programs with the CHECK qualifier -- this gives you an instant online list of
> all available options and the chance to use them. Or if you don't like their
> command interface try one of the GCGShell routines available. I do believe
> that you have not really bothered to give GCG a chance (No flame intended).
>... additional stuff about GCG on UNIX deleted
>> A VERY satisfied GCG user and teacher, Steve Thompson
Then Potter Wickware replied
> I agree with what Dave said about GCG -- I've talked to a lot of users and
> at best they merely tolerate it -- Steve is the first person I've heard
> say he actually _likes_ it. Whenever I've tried to use it I feel like
> I've just landed on Mars. I don't think GCG has a future until the user
> interface is improved.
I guess I am now obligated to make my contribution to the discussion about
GCG. I must admit that it doesn't have a warm and fuzzy interface but it
certainly is a reliable software package. If one can't find time to read
the documentation then it's really difficult to know the capabilities of a
software package. This holds true of course for packages that have a nifty
GUI as well as those that don't. My guess is the people that feel the most
uncomfortable using GCG, normally use another package that provides a
friendly interface. When they find out that their preferred package does
not do a desired analysis, they have to leap into the GCG environment to get
the job done. My experience is that if you take a few minutes to read the
documentation, you can make GCG do what you need -- if you don't know what
you are doing stick to the defaults.
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