Development of A File Conversion Program for Chemical Structure Data: MOLCONV
- Transplantation of the MOLCONV program from PC-9801 for IBM personal computer -

Ken-ichi HAYAMI

Department of Electronics, Sendai National College of Technology
Kitahara-1, Kami-ayashi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 989-31, Japan

(Received : September 16, 1997 ; Accepted for publication : November 5, 1997 ; Published on Web : January 27, 1998)

MOLCONV[1][2] that was a file conversion program for data formats of molecular structures in chemistry was transplanted from NEC PC-9801 for IBM PC or its compatible computers. Microsoft Visual Basic for MS-DOS sold in the USA was utilized as the compiler, because, IBM PC users were rapidly increasing with the popularity of Microsoft Windows in Japan; and this compiler was able to use a large property as Basic application until now. The Basic in USA was ordered using electronic mail and FAX, and imported. The price and the time to have Basic were a profitable deal over Japan. The main work for transplantation was replacement of functions or statements for Japanese two bytes character code with other functions or statements.

Keywords: File converter, Data format, Visual Basic, MS-DOS, Transplantation, MOLCONV

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