Hi, Tim:

From: Tim McCarthy <TimM@softwarejungle.com>
Sent: July 13, 1999 3:07 PM


> The question I ask is why would anyone spend the time and effort to
> write this utility - much as I appreciate getting a copy for free! There
> are several excellent packages available for a relatively small sum -
> certainly for far less than the cost of writing a similar tool. There's
> no way I could justify spending time and resources on a project that's
> not really pertinent to the business and for which a cheap solution is
> already available. I guess there are more idle hands about than I
> thought.

I can't speak for the author of this particular WRKDBF, but I can tell you
that I wrote my own, back in the early days of the System/3, then
converted it to S/38 when that system came out... then enhanced for
AS/400, etc... now it's a client/server application, and it's lovely.  The
other 'similar' tools just didn't work the way I liked (human nature vs.
change).  So I kept enhancing mine.  I'd dial in from home, and work on
this and hundreds of other utilities.  It wasn't a matter of idle hands as
much as it was a labor of love.  I have always loved my job, especially
when I get/got to work on "my stuff."  There's a certain amount of pride
in it, and a sense of accomplishment.  Some people go home and kick their
dog or their spouse.  I programmed.  :^)

I looked at some of those 'similar' tools and found them to be either
horribly lacking in features, or horribly lacking in performance, or (more
often the case) both.  I've never been one to accept second best --- and
especially to PAY someone for second best --- when I know that I can do
better, on my own time.
--
Dennis Lovelady                    Fayetteville, GA
mail: dennis@lovelady.com          dennis.e.lovelady@ac.com
URL:  http://lovelady.piedmont.net
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--
"I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it."
   -- Ashleigh Brilliant


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