• Subject: Re: RPG TALENT--Global issue
  • From: Chris Rehm <Mr.AS400@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 01:51:00 PST

** Reply to message from Pete Hall <peteh@inwave.com> on Fri, 29 May 1998
01:04:21 -0500

> At 09:34 AM 5/28/98 -0400, boothm wrote:
> >In <199805280509.FAA85190@out2.ibm.net>, on 05/27/98 
> >   at 10:09 PM, Chris Rehm <Mr.AS400@ibm.net> said:
> >
> >
> >>When AS/400 professionals can't evolve with the system, it doesn't
> >>surprise me that the industry perception stays the same. 
> >
> >Huh?  What AS/400 professionals would those be, Chris?
> Hey, I've evolved. I used to be a geek. Now I'm a dweebe.


I missed the reply to my post so I'm glad I spotted this quote of it. 

I don't want to sit and attack anyone. It's just that I have noted there are a
number of AS/400 professionals who insist that the AS/400 is a "green screen
machine". It isn't. It just happens that application deployment using green
screens is the oldest, simplest, and most reliable method.

It is fine to understand that GUI based applications are less reliable as a
result of added complexity and the poor quality of industry standard platforms,
but it should not be ignored that the AS/400 has been a part of multi tiered
programming solutions for years. 

If a person dismisses new solutions as "the flavor of the month", they ignore
the market segments that are addressed by these solutions. When those solutions
mature, all that has happened is that that same AS/400 professional has
withdrawn their support for moving the AS/400 into that segment. Of course other
platforms gain ground on the AS/400! When those market segments turn to AS/400
pros, they are turned away.

> Pete Hall
> peteh@inwave.com 
> http://www.inwave.com/~peteh/

Chris Rehm                                                    
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