• Subject: RE: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
  • From: Bob Crothers <bob@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 18:02:41 -0000
  • Organization: Cornerstone Communications, LLC

John,

It would be great!  But, how many company's would be willing to pay 
the price?  Eg (with fictitious numbers): $1,000 for RPG or $2,000 for 
everything?  Most companies would buy RPG only.  And you can't expect 
IBM to sell everything for the same price they get for RPG only.  And 
even if they did, I can hear it now...."But I don't WANT everything, 
only RPG".

Bob

-----Original Message-----
From:   John P Carr [SMTP:jpcarr@tredegar.com]
Sent:   Tuesday, November 09, 1999 3:46 PM
To:     MIDRANGE-L
Subject:        RE: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)


>My question has always been. Why does IBM charges $2,000 for an 
ordinary
"C"
>compiler that is available for free on about everything else. I can 
buy a
>complete C++ development system for less than $100 on NT but pay 
$2,000 for
>nothing but an ordinary "C" compiler on the AS/400.
>
>I thought the idea was to get people to write more programs on the 
AS/400,
>not discourage them.


Let me ask a question to the list;

How many people would like it if you could buy just ONE development 
package
for the AS/400 ?

If you bought it to do development on the AS/400 you would 
automatically get
EVERY compiler on the AS/400,  along with VA/xxxx & CODE/400 too.

So you would have C, RPG, COBOL, VA/Java, VA/RPG,  etc, etc.
and all the other Tools.

Would that be a good idea??

John Carr


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