• Subject: Re: Code/400
  • From: "Bob Cozzi" <cozzi@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 11:20:39 -0500

Colin,

>
> What the AS/400 needs is more people developing tools and releasing them
> as open source utilities for others to use.

Agreed. I tried to do this extensively in the 1980s. It was called "Q38
Technical Journal". I wrote and effectively, gave away hundreds of tools,
with source.

The problem was/is that unlike the PC world, most people programming on the
AS/400 are doing it for a living. They, wrongfully in my opinion, think that
their one little self-help utility that they wrote is worth $1 million. When
it's "worth" maybe $50. I used to see it all the time, people would spend 2
to 16 hours building a utility, then try to go into business selling that
utility for $1,000 to $2,000. Nothing wrong with trying, but when you
consider something like the 16-bit version of CodeStudio has more than
24-man months into it and we're giving it away at www.rpgiv.com you gotta
wonder where the evaluation of "worth" is.

Look at the old "QUSRTOOLS" that IBM starting to give you with CPF, then
OS/400. Those tools where mostly clones of tools that I published in the
1980s. Now, "they" charge you for them. But they do maintain them and they
are not that expensive. Of course I'm not getting a royalty! ;(

If you guys want to start an open source programming utilities website,
let's use www.RPGIV.com I have no problem with that. Just let me know.

Bob Cozzi
www.rpgiv.com



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