"Mark Willett" <oleblighty@home.com> wrote:

>It is a argument for not converting to IV.  As you say, if the problem
>can be reproduced in the Vanilla product it is the Vendor's
>responsibility to fix it.....but ONLY in the Vanilla product.  That fix
>has to be applied to the custom version and therefore it MUST be
>easier to do that task when the source has not be converted.

I'm sorry, but I don't follow that argument at all. If you have modified a
program you are faced with the task of reapplying your mods whenever the
vendor produces a new version. Why is it harder to to re-apply your mods to
an RPG/IV version of the vanilla than an RPG/III version? Simply run the
new version through the converter, compare with your modded source, and
re-apply. You never even need to look at the RPG/III version.

>If the Software Vendor has a really great product with very little
>then my point is mute and conversion would be understandable.

Actually, if you rarely need to touch the source then there's less benefit
from converting. The conversion is primarily to help you work on it.
Incidentally I usually avoid spelling and grammar flames but I can't resist
the idea of your point remaining mute. :-)

>That is usually not the case (in my experience).  The software I have
>been dealing with dictates that fixes need to be applied on a very
>regular basis.

So RPG/IV is better to work with, right?

Dave Kahn, ABB Steward Ltd.

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