Version Control

Non-routine Software Elements Part 1: Data and Definitions

Yes, but what is VISTA made of?
 
So at the MUMPS level, VISTA is made of two kinds of software elements, routines and globals. Routines are readily version-controlled and managed (in theory) using industry-standard tools, but globals are not. Globals need to be flattened and exported in some way that focuses on the database files we are storing in those globals.
 

MUMPS Software Elements

What is VISTA made of?
 
The OSEHRA Forum project is about upgrading how VISTA is developed, distributed, installed, and version-controlled. This makes a lot more sense if you know know what VISTA's made of. It's different from software written in other programming languages, which changes how you can manage it.
 
The VISTA server software - which is most of VISTA - is written in MUMPS, the only major programming language created specifically for writing medical software. OSEHRA Forum focuses on the MUMPS parts of VISTA.

OSEHRA's first challenge: VistA version control

Colleagues,

Please see link to blog post from Fred Trotter in O'Reilly Radar on the challenges of version centrol and open source ...

Conrad Clyburn

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