Thanks Joe,
I seem to be hearing that field sorting is the #1 priority.
Everyone is welcome to give me feedback on that at

BTW, that is our preferred forum for feedback.


From: Joe Pluta <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

To: Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client for System i & iSeries <wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

Date: 22/10/2010 06:06 PM

Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Screen designer

Sent by: wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx

On 10/21/2010 8:29 AM, Edmund Reinhardt wrote:
I worked on SDA originally so I am familiar with both feature sets.
While you are correct that multiple selection is weak in Screen Designer
has tremendous benefits over SDA, so I think it would be wise to give it
another chance.

Edmund went on to give many examples of places where Screen Designer
beats SDA. Here's one which exemplifies why Screen Designer is already
better, and will continue to progress: WDWTITLE.

Go ahead, modify the WDWTITLE keyword in SDA.

Well, try to modify it. But you can't. Because SDA doesn't support
it. And as far as I can tell, it never will.

Screen Designer, on the other hand, not only supports it but as Edmund
points out you can point and click and change it and see the effects
immediately on the screen.

I agree that multiple selection is weak. But I'm willing to bet it will
get better, and in the meantime for the majority of my work (when I'm
not copying records or blocks of fields), I like Screen Designer.

Oh, and final point: if it were up to me, I'd ask for field sorting by
position before block copy, but that's just me.

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