Someone would have to make a business case to IBM that writing EGL Cafe in EGL would make money.
Look about halfway down, you'll see comments about the scheduler. Note the reference to "and use inventive technology that suggests which talks the user should attend next based on preferences" - that's actually the most complex business logic. I wrote a routine in RPG that identifies sessions to attend based on tag weights.
Now, if that sort of business logic were included in a forum, and highlighted in the "about pages" for the forum, you might change my mind.
This is a tough argument. Progress for the sake of progress.
To be honest, the only way I'd see this making sense is if IBM were planning to *market* the EGL Cafe software. Then they'd be able to create a revenue stream that would justify the money spent developing
Honestly, I see your point: writing a forum in EGL would be a great way to showcase EGL. But how much investment would it take to do correctly? And how much revenue would it really generate?
If EGL Cafe was written in EGL, would that convince MKS to use EGL for its web development?
Hey, I'm wrong sometimes <grin>.
Because to me, that's the real question: how many people on this list
would try to sell their company on EGL if it was used to develop forums? On the other hand, how many would try to sell their company on EGL if it were used to develop a storefront? Or perhaps a search and ordering system for PTFs? Or a system configurator?
What application developed in EGL would make it most likely that you would try to convince your company to use it?
But see, Jive SELLS forum software. Do you think it's in IBM's best interests to get into the forum software market? What IBM *should* do is partner with an ISV to use EGL to develop a forum. That would make the most sense.
And again, we'll have to disagree. I see very little up there that needs custom business logic.
Authentication is a commodity service.
The database requirements are very simplistic.
And while thread management isn't exactly trivial, it doesn't hold a candle to requirements processing or costing or pricing ... or all the stuff we use a business machine for.
Our scheduler did online realtime chats, commenting, voting, tagging,
and authentication via email. Not to mention rendering. That's the
framework for just about everything above.
Again, it's an opinion, but in my opinion a forum is very lightweight
when it comes to business rules. I mean, what would you need an i there for?
If you worry about EGL snuffing out RPG,
I'd opine that a forum application would actually show how well EGL: does *without* a System i.
But in the meantime, what you should be showing off is a collaborative effort between the i and EGL - something that integrates enterprise-level business logic and a high-tech user interface. To me, a forum just doesn't do that.
In my opinion, a forum doesn't need an i and it certainly doesn't showcase the business logic capabilities of the box. But that's my opinion.