I think there is a lot more stuff available than one sees at first peek. I 
sense two issues though: 

One, is it any good? Does it actually work the way it is supposed to?  Or 
will I have to mess with it like I do every other piece of legacy software 
that gets handed to me?

And second, where do I look for the code?  There's free code all over the 
place but how do you find what you want?  Are there screen shots?  What do 
you search on?

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Booth Martin
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Joel Fritz <JFritz@sharperimage.com>
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
01/11/2000 05:28 PM
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        To:     "'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'" <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
        cc: 
        Subject:        RE: I'd rather do it myself

Don't have much to add, except that I've always been confused that this
stuff isn't available, even at relatively high prices.  People have
developed successful commercial software for the PC using third party
function libraries.  E.g. Novell 2.x, 3.x used a DOS user interface 
library
that they licensed from a third party.  Micro$oft has bought, embraced, 
and
extended <g> a lot of stuff.  AS/400 length specific data types make it a
bit more tedious to develop libraries, but it's not like an insurmountable
conceptual issue.

I can see AS/400 libraries being more expensive than PC libraries because 
of
the potential difference in volume and the relative lack of competition.
Consider the price difference between Ezview or DBU and a PC hex 
editor/file
viewer. 

Even so, it still seems like there ought to be more libraries around.

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A mind is a terrible thing to use.

Joel Fritz 


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Bipes [mailto:rpg@cross-check.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 1:29 PM
To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
Subject: RE: I'd rather do it myself


The problem I see is the fact that AS400 programs want an arm and a leg 
for
there general purpose procedures.  Recently a lot of byte went around this
list about how to center text in a field.  Well, has someone written it 
with
some other helpful string routines such as right justify the field?  Can I
purchase this for say 10 - 20 dollars?  It is not worth the hundreds I 
have
seen for other wrapper type procedures.  Just look at the FTP batch 
clients
available.  Way to much money when for a tenth of the cost I can purchase 
a
PC based one.  IMHO this greed is what is keeping such libraries of
functions off the market for the AS400.

Christopher K. Bipes     mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com 
Sr. Programmer/Analyst   mailto:Chris_Bipes@Yahoo.com 
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