They used to upgrade regularly, enhancing their base software.  While I
don't think that a company should upgrade just for the hell of it, I don't
think that their cross reference has been completely refined.  I've also
been told by our developers that the cross reference changes for ILE have
much room for improvement.  It surprises me that they've stopped (or paused)
in their enhancements.

Also, I've had two lingering issues with them for years.  First, the field
cross reference and object cross reference use different search methods for
locating unqualified objects.  The object cross reference works across a
defined library list while the field cross reference will locate libraries
alphabetically.  If you're maintaining development and production cross
references on the same server it can create a mess, particularly if you're
developing database changes.  Their reply has been that no one else has
complained and fixing it might cause problems for other customers.

Also, they never changed their disk changes utility to cope with large
objects when OS/400 expanded its object size constraints.  The disk changes
utility is one of the coolest system administration reports in the world if
you don't have files over their 10 Gb limit.  Their reply has been that no
one else has complained and fixing it might cause problems for other
customers.  I had to kick and scream just to get them to change the reports
to warn you of when it is truncating object sizes.  I've complained to them
that they are not keeping pace with IBM's operating system changes.





-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Perno [mailto:r_perno@wshein.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 7:03 AM
To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
Subject: RE: Hawkeye


Jim,

        We are on 8.2 (Dec. 98).  I think this is the last release they came
out with.  From my point of view, I don't look at how often we upgrade the
software but how well the existing software works.  Pathfinder has been a
valuable tool in our shop - use it quite frequently.  Is it the annual
maintenance costs that are frosting you?

Robert D. Perno
Sr. Programmer/Analyst
William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Damato [mailto:jdamato@dollargeneral.com]
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 4:43 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Hawkeye


Does anyone know what's going on with these guys?  We've grown to depend on
Pathfinder since it was on the System 38.  I can't imagine running a system
without it, but they haven't issued a new release in years.

James Damato
Manager - Technical Administration
Dollar General Corporation
(615) 855-4375
<mailto:jdamato@dollargeneral.com>

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