Pete, Al, Don I think we can all win on this one. Yes Al, it was "US" that demanded for IBM to bring things out faster and not be the last one on the block to have xyz widit available. And Yes Don, Someone did not get out of the Som/DSom thing in the "Nick" of time. (He however recouped his losses by selling all the code to a BIG company in the Northwest BTW) Just to make sure I was up to speed, I am rereading my vintage handout for session 36AN of the Spring '96 COMMON by Scottt Gerald on "SOM and DSOM Programming" (Now I remember why I didn't get into it, it was all C++ ) I found it right next to my "Setting up your Firewall on the AS/400" and a "How to use CallPath" handouts. I think it is great that IBM is pulling things out faster now, However .......... We ALL don't have to buy into it NOW...... Let those brave hearts and deep pockets try Rel 1 out of the box. They can be the first to go all the way with SAA, SOM/DSOM, ADA (remember? it was big like JAVA), C++ (remember at COMMON C++ or nothing, by Jen Hamilton who had a limo take her to the airport to fly to ?? in the Northwest?? ) Firewalls, and everyother NEWgottahaveit thing. Bring it out early, I will chose if I want to adopt it. BUT the withdrawal process must include a migration plan, NOT the Firewall fiasco. John - Al, I agree with you 100%, yet there are people that would complain for the exact opposite reason that the AS/400 was not jumping on the new technologies nor adapting the new stuff quick enough. Unfortunately, its hard to please everyone. Think back years ago when everyone was TCP/IP, and the AS/400 was SNA, and could not even spell IP. Now, it has a great offering in the TCP world. SOM/DSOM was an absolute abortion, and the lesson should be printed up and given to every new IBM development and marketing employee in the company. Its IBM's version of "New Coke". JMHO Pete
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