But the decision isn't just "what's the best". It is "what gives MY
clients the best ROI." Sometimes those are different answers. Some
shops have reason to be coding Java TODAY. Some have reason to be
coding RPG II.


But surely, when looking at return on investment, one should also be
considering competitive advantage. You're not going to try and tell me
that someone is going to maintain any semblance of competitive
advantage by coding new RPG II. Even maintaining it has got to have a
cut off point - frankly I ache looking at tricky cycle stuff, and I
think the same is true for most newer /400 developers.

We're never going to move the AS/400 up as a serious NT kicker while
we're stuck in the 1970s.


TIm Lennon.
Thomas Miller & Co., London.
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