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PAX Nuclear Reactor Simulator Question

  1. Jan 12, 2015 #1
    Hi to all,
    I am currently a student studying chemistry in high-school. My teacher has a program which he runs on very old laptops called the PAX Nuclear Reactor Simulator. I have a bit of experience writing code in C and Java. My teacher has mentioned that the school may trash the laptops which support the simulator due to their age. Because of this, he asked me to try and rewrite the program in Java. We have secured permission from Pennsylvania State University (who apparently have some type of ownership over the program) to hack the program and rewrite it.

    I have tried repeatedly to find source code for the program, I have even reached out to the man who wrote it. He did not respond to my emails, and I have been unable to decompile it. The main reason for this is that I do not know the language it is written in.

    I am wondering if anyone who reads this post either has the source code, knows where I can get it, or knows what language the program is written in.

    Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Jan 13, 2015 #2
    In case anyone is looking for it, the PAX reactor website is here.
  4. Jan 13, 2015 #3
    Sorry I can't help with the source code issue.

    But I used to have the backwards compatibility issue frequently at my old job.

    Usually compatibility mode would solve or work around the issue. Since PAX is a DOS application you might try this instead.

    I know it is not the method you wanted to use.
  5. Jan 13, 2015 #4
    Out of curiosity; could you avoid the rewritting and just use a DoS emulator such as vDoS or DosBox? That might save you a lot of time.....
  6. Jan 14, 2015 #5
    I discussed that option with my teacher, he likes it, but would still wants it to be rewritten. I think he may be interested in using it embedded on webpages.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015
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