Well im all for it. Anything that raises the standard of AS/400
programming, and makes it easier to learn new techniques, or re-learn
techniques that you may not have used for some time, has got to be a
good thing. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Cozzi [mailto:cozzi@rpgiv.com]
Sent: Friday, July 02, 1999 5:21 PM
To: RPG400-L@midrange.com
Subject: Re: Code/400


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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