• Subject: RE: CodeStudio or CODE/400
  • From: "Bob Cozzi" <cozzi@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 11:01:13 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Teff <jteff19@idt.net>
To: <whynot@rpgiv.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 1999 8:40 PM


> Why is your company not using CodeStudio, IBM's CODE/400 or a competitive
> product today?
>
>    I work for a consulting firm. I own my own laptop, but most do not.
Even
> so, most clients will
>    not let me hookup my laptop to their network. Most will not allow you
to
> load your own software
>    on one of their PCs either. Copying source files to disk to transfer
> between the client's
>    system and my laptop forfeits any possible efficiency gains. For a
hefty
> $1200 price, there
>    is no way to justify this expense either for me or my employer. I would
> like to say, "Give
>    consultants a break on the pricing. They can then expose their clients
to
> these tools. It would
>    be like a promotion." But, I don't really believe that as the clients,
> for the most part, will not
>    let you really use it.
>
>    On a personal note, I've either used or demo'd Code/400, CodeStudio and
> FlexEdit. I did
>    not care for FlexEdit as it was too PCish. Both CodeStudio and Code/400
> are more
>    intuitive for AS/400 people. I preferred CodeStudio over Code/400, but
> after visiting with
>    Bob Cozzi at COMMON a while back, I did not feel that CodeStudio was a
> top priority. That
>    made me re-think my decision to purchase at that time. I'll take
another
> look at CodeStudio
>    when the new version (demo) is available and make a decision then.
>
> What would it take to get your employer to purchase CodeStudio for your
> staff?
>
>    I personally believe that I could sell the CodeStudio software to my
firm
> if I really believed
>    that it would make them more productive. I don't doubt the tool, rather
I
> doubt that they will
>   really be allowed to use it at the client sites. The sticker shock for
> CodeStudio is very much
>   less than for Code/400!
>
> What feature or features would cause you to purchase your own personal
copy
> of CodeStudio?
>
>    One thing missing from all of the products is an easy to digest way of
> learning the product.
>    If I want to learn other topics, there are a many books available that
> make learning easier.
>    This is not so in the AS/400 world. I realize that the market is
greater
> for these other books.
>    On the other hand, so what. Learning from a reference book doesn't get
it
> done. On-line
>    help is great, but it needs to be context sensitive. Reading a screen
> just isn't like reading
>    a book. A well done book can be both a reference manual and a learning
> guide. I know there
>    are many features of Code/400 that I do not use. But, then I don't have
> time to spend trying
>    to find all of these nuggets either.
>
> Joe Teff
> Information Technology Consultant
> IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 RPG Programmer
> Quality Data Systems
> One Meridian Crossings    Suite 810
> Minneapolis, MN  55423
>
>

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