Joe

Agreed. Dave has said things that seem to focus less on true technology then on the use of that technology. Anyone who has been a DBA in any other RDBMS could work in the iSeries RDBMS with very little change in technique, I believe. Yes, they all would have to forget about some of the convenient but non-standard extensions, like CONVERT in SQL Server that I'd love to have on the iSeries - that's another thread I might start!!

Now I also know that Dave is all for promoting the iSeries - look at this thread or another one where he speaks of the presentation he gave to promote it where he is working. It seems to me that we face a marketing issue yet once again. It is probably true that other database administrators and developers have a jaundiced view of the iSeries and think it is not capable of what they do. That is patent nonsense, but how do they know that? Yes, some will have the attitude that, if there is any access other than SQL, they are not in control of things. I agree that having the additional inroad is not a loss, rather is a gain. But some of those in the DBA world just WILL not see it that way.

So therein lies the problem, methinks. And now back to convert TOD to seconds and microseconds.

And then some sleep.

Vern

At 11:16 AM 3/8/2008, you wrote:

Dave Odom wrote:
> - SQL is the ONLY access language to get to the data, not some old record-at-a-time processing back door technique like READ, WRITE, CHAIN, etc.,
>

To say that something is inferior because it has MORE features makes no
sense. Calling ISAM a back door is elitism. Forcing someone to use SQL
only is technological fascism.

SQL is a good thing. So is native access.

Just my opinion.

Joe
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