Not normally. The companies that make typical prom burners expect the users to have computers that can send data via RS 232 cable in order to transfer data to the prom burner. The prom burner itself may only have one or two buttons used to start the programming or verification of a prom. A minimal prom burner would just have a RS 232 interface and the prom socket, relying on commands sent via RS 232 to start programming or verifying a prom. It would be possible to use an old ascii terminal with an RS 232 interface to manually send data to a prom burner, but it wouldn't be practical.How does the burner work? Is there a cable connecting the interface of the PROM directly to a keyboard?
I'm not sure what type of devices you're mentioning here, but other than a hobby, there's no point in going back to toggling switches to enter machine code on some crude computer system.in the modern times ... so that the manual effort is eliminated.
Going back to an earlier post:
The ENIAC initially had to be manually programmed for specific tasks, but during development of the ENIAC, the idea of using storage for both data and program was already considered, included in the EDVAC, EDSAC, and eventully an improved version of the ENIAC. Note that punched card readers and writers already existed before the ENIAC, and they were used for input and output. The punched cards that were output could be read and then printed on line printers on other early data processing systems. Wiki articles:In the earlier stages of computing technology, there were computers that used mechanical, electromechanical relays, and vacuum tubes to do computing. For a software to be written into these machines, the switches had to all be adjusted manually and one-by-one to generate the pattern of 1's and 0's that would cause the machine to contain information.
The last remants of manual programming would be plug board programming used on early data processing machines, and for portions of the programming early computers like the ENIAC. Wiki article:
Once computers were being programmed in assembly or higher level languages, the utility program FARGO, and the programming language RPG were used to help with the transition from plugboards to compiled language. Wiki articles: