• Subject: Re: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
  • From: Randy Mangham <randym69@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 00:05:21 -0800
  • Organization: Pacific Crest Consulting

YES!! Given that we pay the same price for EACH compiler when the backend piece
is the SAME anyway. Why not let us buy them all as a package or at least 
discount
if we buy more than one? The only real difference as far as I know between the
various tools is the front end syntax checker. Correct me if I'm wrong but don't
all the compilers use the same backend to convert down to machine code? If IBM
would like to make the AS/400 more competitive it should GIVE away the C/C++
compilers. That way maybe some of the open source tools would get converted to
AS/400? What do you think?

Randy Mangham
Pacific Crest Consulting
San Diego, CA

John P Carr wrote:

> >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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