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All this talk about the longevity of Delta software has got
me thinking about Y2K (year 2000 bug). Most people dealing
with this issue recommend replacing all 2-character years
with 4-character values. DON'T FALL INTO THIS TRAP! We did
this and afterwards realized that we were only trading one
bug for another. Namely, Y10K. In the year 10,000, you will
need 5 characters for the year. My recommendation? Spare a
few extra bytes to use a long (or better still unsigned long)
integer. That way you'll be ready for Y100K. You'll be glad
you did, or at least, someone will be glad.
Ralph Gonzalez