I could not have said this better myself.  Green screens are great for some
functions, no doubt about that.  But demand from users is GUI.  Have you
tried to sell a green screen app v. a GUI app.  Pretty tough sell.  The
browser is the ultimate thin client and with centralized control, it is very

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From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
[mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Walden H. Leverich
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 11:12 AM
To: 'midrange-l@midrange.com'
Subject: RE: Web enablement options (previously private)


I think the web-browser is almost the best interface for any box, not just
the iSeries. I agree that in some situations 5250 is best, mainly for
heads-down data entry, but beyond that it's the web browser! It's somewhat
funny, we've basically gone around in a big circle.

We started with host-controlled screens like 5250, 3270 and the VT100
family. We then tried this miserable think called client/server where we
pushed a ton of business logic out to the desktops. That worked great in the
lab with five standard, easy to upgrade machines. But when it was pushed to
the enterprise all hell broke loose. There were 27 configurations of
hardware, 5 different operating system (Win31, WFW, Win95, Win98, WinNT) and
deploying changes was a nightmare. You can't rollout a new .exe to everyone
in two minutes.

>From CS we went back to host controlled, web browsers. Sure, they're
graphical and "pretty" but at the end of the day, they're host-controlled
green-screens that aren't green.


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