Originally Posted by Mae
Lee I read that thread. I can't say I totally understood it, but I did read it. I know nothing about computers which is
why I'm sure I can't follow that thread. But I do know programs on computers can be changed. I don't know what amount of time or money that would take or who would do it?
Yes, programs on computers can be changed but for this problem, the first thing that needs to change is the data field. The data field was set up a 'integer'. That's a number without decimals and can be positive or negative. And I don't know how well you know about binary system.
In order to allow the rep points to be higher, as suggested in that thread, the data field containing the rep points needs to change. It's HUGH
!!!! Other than change the database, you have to find ALL
programs access that data field and fix or recompile them. Changing programs in a system is not a simple task.
Remember the Y2K problem? (you may be too young about 10 years ago) It sounds simple adding 2 more digits to the year but it took my company over 3 years from planning, setting up timeline and resources, actually do the changes to programs and fully test the changes. And our system is for small to mid-size companies only. And this doesn't include the time for actually change the database of our customers and install the new programs. Of course, the change of rep point is a lot smaller compare to Y2K.