Contributed Talk - Splinter EScience

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 14:00   (H 3005)

Maintainance of IRAF legacy code

Ole Streicher
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

This talk discusses the challenges of maintaining legacy software in the context of astronomy, focusing on IRAF. Despite advancements in new software, reliance on outdated tools remains due to limited incentives and funding. Modern software may also lack some features found in older counterparts. Legacy software like IRAF however often has no longer institutional support, has licensing issues, and doesn't adhere to current development practices.