Hi Scott,

How are you?

I agree with you: the browser is today's iSeries Access. When you change a program on the iSeries (regardless of the language) it too is automatically accessible to every copy of iSeries Access. A whole industry built around deploying those "thick" clients is wringing its hands as they disappear.

Why the operating system vendors never tried to emulate the iSeries Access-iSeries server model is beyond me. I guess IBM wanted too much money for its patents. Just think of the robust applications could you have come up with if C# ran in a browser the way RPG does in iSeries Access.

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Scott Klement
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If you compare the size of the one requisite browser with all of the thick-client apps totalled up, I think you'll see that the size of the browser is pretty thin, after all.

However, this is a completely moot point. Everyone has a browser (if not multiple browsers) on their PC or other device already. So the size of the browser is really a non-issue, since it's going to be there anyway.

Also, when you update applications that run in a browser, you don't have to update them on each PC. Not sure if you've ever written applications that run on PCs, and had to update every PC each time there was a change, and had to worry about some being out of date for a while until updates were applied, and all of the other complications of thick-client
software, but I have... it's not fun. And is not an issue with
browser-based software.

On 1/23/2014 2:05 PM, Monnier, Gary wrote:
Here's some fuel for the fire...

A colleague at another company once said "If you think a Browser is a
thin client, think again. If you don't believe me just look at the size of a web browser. You'll see it is pretty thick!"

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