Why? Certainly preference will take a big role. For me, it's big enough that 
I'd drop Query/400 without a second thought if the SQL Development Kit was 
going to be included. But beyond preference, there's the initial item that you 
asked about: cost.

Why pay for something that's unnecessary? QM is essentially as easy and does 
more and you're going to buy the whole kit, so why add Query/400? Why add the 
dollar cost?

And why add the maintenance cost? You'll possibly need to track and apply 
Query/400 PTFs in addition to the SQL PTFs that you'll need to do anyway. Even 
without the full kit, you'd still want to maintain the database PTFs so 
Query/400 works reliably, and with the full kit, you'll want to do the full SQL 
setup anyway including setting SQL statement permissions for example (so it's 
no additional effort); why add the maintenance effort for Query/400?

But preference can't be argued. If you like it, that's reason enough.

Tom Liotta

On Tue, 22 January 2002, "Oludare" wrote:

> Tom, all that is possible but why go through all that trouble.  All tools
> have their pros and cons and some tools are better used for certain
> purposes.  Remember your preference may not be mine, and in this case
> obviously not!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <thomas@inorbit.com>
> Dare:
> On Fri, 18 January 2002, "Dare" wrote:
> >   Lastly, Query is a qiuck report writer, reusable, not too
> > complex,  can be learn quickly, and not as dangerous to give to beginners.
> I have to reply that prompted (not SQL) QM queries are almost as simple as
> Query/400. And it shouldn't be any more dangerous since you can control
> which SQL statements may be used for each user -- if you only grant access
> to SELECT, that's all the user can do.
> Further, once the basics are learned, the reporting can be more
> sophisticated. Query reuse is better through QM than through Query/400 since
> queries and report forms can be mixed in various combinations in QM.

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