At lunch yesterday, I was asked in what year the earliest code ASCL has was written (or was first created). I didn’t know off the top of my head, but thought probably in late 70s. (The earliest I ever pursued was from the 60s, IIRC, & though I found an working email address for the woman who wrote it, which was amazing in itself, she no longer had the code, alas.)
But the question got me to wondering, so in a quick look, here’s what I found: three codes that were initially created in 1978:
All of these have undergone further development and are still in use, as indicated by citations to them in papers published this year.
Are these the most long-lived codes we have? Are there codes that were started even before 1978 that are still in use? Probably. Maybe part of the Starlink (ascl:1110.012) code base? Something else?
If you know of one or can find one in the ASCL with a history that goes back further than 1978, please let us know in the replies.
We were asked recently how many of our entries were attributed to one, two, or three authors. Would you guess that over a third of the codes in the ASCL — 35% — have only one author? Codes with 1-3 authors attributed, what we dubbed “short author list” codes, account for 68% of our entries. We ended up writing a short paper, published by Research Notes of the AAS (RNASS), about authorship and citation numbers for team and short author list codes. It was a quick look and we hope to look more deeply into this; if you’d like to do the same, you can download our public data in JSON and find the code that we used for consolidating citations on GitHub.
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Citations to ASCL entries from ADS as of 12/05/2018
ADS makes it easy to search for software in its holdings through the use of the “software” doctype.
ASCL has started tagging NASA software among its entries, allowing you to search ASCL and ADS for this software.
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