I don't recall the guy using a mouse; it was definitely a character-based terminal. It's been awhile since I walked into Advance Auto, Napa, etc.

That same day I went into hh gregg to buy a microwave. The front-end was GUI, and, since the clerk couldn't read the salesman's handwriting, he had one heck of a time finding the item number. Most of our orders come in order comm. Lines, but we still use old 5250 screens (RPG II actually) to enter manual orders. Item lookup (on a variety of criteria) takes seconds. The lookup is an RPG IV program I wrote and hooked into the old program, but the point is that, as Paul implies, it's usually a matter of how the function is going to be used and how it is implemented.

Jerry C. Adams
IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
--
B&W Wholesale
office: 615-995-7024
email: jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul Nelson
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 9:52 AM
To: 'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'
Subject: RE: Who is telling stories out of turn?

It takes 5 minutes at AutoZone. They have to use a mouse.

Paul Nelson
Office 512-392-2577
Cell 708-670-6978
nelsonp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jerry Adams
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 8:54 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: Who is telling stories out of turn?

<snip>
Maybe this is the begining of the end... but it's getting old listening to
people still cranking out green screen apps like its 1999 who can't
understand why new customers aren't flocking to the platform.
</snip>

No flame, but two days ago I went into an auto parts store. When the clerk
logged into his dumb (!) monitor, the log in reminded me of a DEC PDP-11;
most definitely not graphical. The system painted (literally; probably
running a 9600 baud modem back to some office) the screen. Didn't even have
a scanner; he had to key in the number. This store was built within the
last year by a national chain.

But it got the price right, and I was on my way in < 1 minute.


Jerry C. Adams
IBM System i Programmer/Analyst
--
B&W Wholesale
office: 615-995-7024
email: jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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