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Shirley Conran's Magic Garden
By Acornsoft
BBC Model B

Published in Home Computing Weekly #34

This program is "for busy people... who prefer to spend what time they've got lazing in the garden rather than digging it", according to the cassette cover.

In reality it is a database program with two data files on flowers and shrubs. It enables you to select certain criteria and then provides a read-out of all the plants fitting those criteria.

As database programs go it is really quite a good one, and is particularly good in its use of 'wildcards'.

Shirley Conran's Magic Garden

What you cannot do is set up your own data file specification and then store your own records, which is a real pity.

This, in fact, is the real problem with this package. If the flowers and shrubs were simply a demonstration for the database it could be a world beater, but in its present form it is little more than a gimmick.

There is no doubt that it can provide accurate information to help you plan your garden but a picture is worth a thousand words and this program has none at all.


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