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From: Joe Pluta

Mike wrote:
What everyone seems to be missing is that iSeries Navigator is the
operations tool, not WDSc. I agree that I use PDM a lot for
that, but
honestly, between WDSc and Ops Nav, I can get most things
done that I need
to get done.

Not only that, but if IBM bundles one seat of ADTS with the system, I
think most operator issues will go away. If you have more than one
operator on your machine at any given time, then yes, you
would need to
buy an additional seat. Or use Ops Nav, or a third-party tool.

The question is how many people find PDM indispensible for their
day-to-day programming needs, because of a specific lack in
RSE. If you
do, now is the time to speak up because you need to get that on the
table with the developers. I'd be more than happy to build a list of
specific issues and bring it to the powers that be.


I wouldn't say indispensible for day-to-day programming needs, but it is indispensible for non-programming tasks. It's the WRKxxxPDM user options that are so powerful. For example, our invoice runs are stored in multi-member files and transmitted to an outside company for printing. If something goes wrong in the transfer, I can find the appropriate members, key my retransmit option (using F13 if required on a properly filtered WRKMBRPDM) and poof, all done after about 10 seconds of my time. The old way was CALL TRANSMIT PARM('MBR1234') or some such.

I'm afraid I might lose out the other way, though. WDSC is indispensible, but it has not caught on with the programming group. It's possible that a licensing change will eliminate my access to WDSC. We'll have to wait and see how it fleshes out.

NAMED user licensing will not be good. CONCURRENT might be doable.
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Sean Porterfield

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