Your post is a keeper, Walden. I couldn't find anything to cut. Every sentence is insightful. The big circle you spoke of would pass as a synopsis of my career. Try supporting thick client-server at about 200 sites nationwide. The word "nightmare" isn't too far off. The word "quagmire" comes to mind. Nathan M. Andelin www.relational-data.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Walden H. Leverich" <WaldenL@TechSoftInc.com> > 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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