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Re: WDSC vs. RDi



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So...are LPEX and RSE dependent on Windows? And if they aren't, what is?

On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:38 AM, Joe Pluta <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
David Gibbs wrote:
> Michael Ryan wrote:
>
>> Depends on how much WDSc is in RDi I suppose.
>>
>
> From an System i / iSeries developer perspective, the bulk of WDSC is
> in RDi (as far as I can see).
>
> As far as I have been able to tell, the stuff that's been removed from
> RDi that was in WDSC was mostly unneeded to do host application
> development (web editor, etc).
>
> BTW: This thread now belongs in the WDSCI-L list
> (http://lists.midrange.com/listinfo/wdsci-l) and I'm crossposting this
> message there.
>
Boy, the semantics here are really tricky. The bulk of WDSC was not
System i development. Because it was built on top of RAD, it included
(but was not limited to <grin>): HTML editor, JSP editor, CSS editor,
JavaScript editor, web site designer, XML editor, web application test
environment, and on and on.

In fact, all that was in WDSC that was System i specific was RSE and
LPEX, and that really was a fraction of the package.

Now, as far as pure green screen development goes, RDi does indeed
contain those piece that WDSC had. However, it's my contention that
WDSC was far more than a GUI version of PDM and SEU. For a brief
shining moment, WDSC was the only true multi-tier IDE out there. You
could start with a simple HTML web page and build it up to a
fully-featured AJAX-enabled web application using RPG business logic,
and do it all inside the IDE. So from that standpoint, a whole lot of
WDSC is not in RDi.

It's a matter of perspective, certainly, but it seems to me just a
little bit backward to once again segregate the green screen developer
from the rest of the development world. I understand the mathematics of
it, but I still liked when even a long-time RPG programmer could, if
they so desired, fire up a web services tutorial inside of WDSC just to
see what it did.

Joe
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