• Subject: Re: Survey Numbers
  • From: "Al Barsa, Jr." <barsa2@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 12:36:31 -0800

At 11:53 AM 11/30/1999 -0500, you wrote:


>  >> 1.      I assumed that the survey was referring to AS/400 Basic,
>
>I only hope you are wrong Al because AS/400 Basic already has problems running
>on current releases and it is only likely to get worse. Part of my comment was
>aimed at making sure people were aware of that.  PL/I is a little different in
>that IBM has at least got some incentive to make it work since some large
>software vendors (e.g. the company formally know as Synon) still have software
>out there built with it.  They have _no_ such incentive to keep Basic working.

I agree with your comments on AS/400 Basic as being a poor 
solution.  However, I thought that the survey was referring to AS/400 Basic.

>  >> 2.      I suspect that even IBM is not stupid enough to pull support 
> for RPG
>III anytime soon.
>
>I agree that it is unlikely in the short/medium term. I do not think that it
>would be "stupid" to announce an end-date for support, like Office Vision it
>might be stupid to try to stick to the date, but..... I have met so many 
>people
>who want to use RPG IV because they recognize the benefits, but their 
>management
>will not permit them to do so all the time RPG/400 is still supported. George
>Farr did reportedly announce the death of RPG/400 at COMMON in San Antonio!!
>
>At least many of the middle tier software vendors have woken up and started
>developing/shipping RPG IV based product now. If you are building a new 
>version
>of a package (with the resultant testing requirements) you have to be nuts 
>_not_
>to switch while you're doing it.

Keep in mind that they still support RPG II   !

Al


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