I served on the board of the AS/SET users group. There were shops in which AS/SET was the only SSA product they had.
At the time RPG was languishing. It didn't seem like it was getting much development. AS/SET was adding some features and structure which straight RPG lacked. Once IBM recommitted to RPG AS/SET quickly fell behind.
SSA was trying to develop their own products from scratch such as AS/SET and their foray into the EDI world. Unlike many companies who just go out and buy up companies doing that stuff. I would have preferred if SSA would have spent more time trying to integrate their product into an existing EDI package. Such as coming up with more interfaces between BPCS and EDI. This was where I was spending a bulk of my development time at that period.
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It may have been the same cross reference system but I have never had anything to do with AS/SET.
I think one of the problems was that SSA went down the path of developing all their own tools.
Aspect Computing developed Lansa around this time as a response to the relative weakness of RPG as the only programming language for the AS400.
It has been extremely successful with I think about 4000 clients today. I don't know if AS/SET exists outside the BPCS environmnent.
Its just too hard to be the best at everything and the results show that.
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