• Subject: RE: Modifications & Maintenance
  • From: "Bob Randall" <BLR@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 08:32:52 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

That's about what I thought, just taking a chance someone had some good
news.

Thanks,
Bob

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-mapics-l@midrange.com [mailto:owner-mapics-l@midrange.com]On
> Behalf Of David Leland
> Sent: Monday, July 19, 1999 5:41 PM
> To: MAPICS-L@midrange.com
> Subject: RE: Modifications & Maintenance
>
>
> In case you haven't yet discovered it, modifications are a real catch-22.
> They seem to be so innocent and painless when you make them, but at that
> point you've crossed over the line and have now made the upgrade process a
> lot more work.  My real advice would be to take out all the mods
> you've made
> and go vanilla code.  If you absolutely can't do that, then make your mods
> as invisible to MAPICS as possible.  By that I mean, try not to
> make direct
> modifications to program code - instead use other techniques like database
> triggers.
>
> I fight all proposed modifications tooth and nail and make 'em show me a
> real business benefit for it and then I try to make them in a way
> that will
> disturb the least amount of MAPICS code.  Lastly, I document all mods with
> the thought in mind of future upgrades.
>
> I've been down the mods route and it is not pretty.
>
> Dave
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-mapics-l@midrange.com [mailto:owner-mapics-l@midrange.com]On
> > Behalf Of Bob Randall
> > Sent: Monday, July 19, 1999 9:43 AM
> > To: MAPICS-L@midrange.com
> > Subject: Modifications & Maintenance
> >
> >
> > What a topic. Does anyone have any advice on how to stay up with
> > maintenance
> > and continue with modifications? I have several mods to MRP, but
> > now need to
> > update maintenance on COM. Of course I can't do COM without
> CAS, and can't
> > do CAS without MRP, gotcha.
> >
> > I am considering applying maintenance to a separate environment and
> > comparing programs afterwards. Cumbersome, but maybe my only
> option. Other
> > directions or thoughts are welcome.
> >
> > Bob Randall
> > Airxcel, Inc.
> >
> >
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