On 3/13/08, Joe Pluta <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Lukas Beeler wrote:
i5/OS and Windows are completely different platforms, built with a
different history and goals. Windows does not have the native I/O that
i5/OS has.

This is so untrue. The only reason Windows even exists as a business
platform is because of "native" I/O. I don't know how old you are,
Lukas, but you have to still recall something called dBase, right? If
it weren't for dBase, Windows (and DOS before it) would never have been
used for business applications. SQL Server is the Windows
implementation of SQL. But prior to that, all those thousands of
desktops used ISAM access.

Now we have the year 2008 and the hacks that IBM provides are even
more incomplete than those that Microsoft provided.

Oh please, not the 10-character object thing again. Get over it. There
isn't a single business issue that can't be solved by a 10-character
object name. Yes, it's a limit, but I really don't want IBM "fixing" it
anytime soon. If you want long names, use the IFS and stay the heck out
of the QSYS library system.

recently I had to lock various message queues in a way that did not
interfere with the operation of the message queue. I used data areas for
this purpose. What name to assign to these dtaaras? Ideally, the name would
have been the name of the message queue with the word "lock" concatenated to
the end. Could not do that because of the 10 char name limit. This sort of
scenario comes up quite frequently, where you want the object name to be a
readable extenstion of a core object.

another example is the job scheduler. long readable names would be great
there. All the billing end of day jobs could have meaningful names that
describe not only what what the job does, but how it relates to other
jobs running on the system.

I dont see why long object names would have to break any existing apps. do
what windows95 did. have two names for an object. a short, legacy name. and
a long readable one. When a long name is given, the system automatically
assigns a unique short name.


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