And since it's a closed system (access to i5/OS), IBM has total
control over the interfaces (and therefore products) that will be
used.
>
>Is it really? I was under the impression that WDSCi and RDi used the >standard i5/OS interfaces which
are publically documented.
>
>Anybody know for sure?


There have been no new IBM products since around V2R3 days that do not use APIs and/or exits provided by i5/OS. And there have been many, many APIs and exits provided by IBM due to application enablement requests by both 3rd party and IBM development organizations. To suggest that IBM controls the applications that can run on the system is to make way too broad a statement.

Since compliance to this rule was one of my responsibilities prior to leaving IBM I feel pretty confident about this :) And it did fit in rather nicely with my responsibility for all i5/OS callable APIs and exits.

Note that product means "something you have to order" above and beyond the base hardware and operating system.

Bruce Vining
http://www.brucevining.com/
Integrated solutions for the System i user community

"Wilt, Charles" <WiltC@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-
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Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Which Desktop best for i5/OS Connectivity

And since it's a closed system (access to i5/OS), IBM has total
control over the interfaces (and therefore products) that will be
used. So, if Rational doesn't build the interfaces/programs to access
i5/OS from Linux or Windows...well, I guess that will tell us
something about direction, won't it?

Is it really? I was under the impression that WDSCi and RDi used the standard i5/OS interfaces which
are publically documented.

Anybody know for sure?

So we as a community could write our own...but I'm guessing we won't. I'd love to be involved in such
a project, my wife, 21 mo old and 1 mo old might not appreciate it though. ;)


Charles Wilt
Software Engineer
CINTAS Corporation - IT 92B
513.701.1307

wiltc@xxxxxxxxxx



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