But I'm not bitter. Nope, not me.


You're not bitter like Bob Cancilla. After IBM shed EGL, he went on about a
5 year rampage spewing vitriol against IBM, and especially against RPG
developers. But it wasn't just RPG developers who rejected EGL, as EGL was
intended to gather Java developers, JavaScript developers, SQL developers,
JSF developers, HTML developers. It was designed to be one language and one
language environment to rule them all. Actually, one platform to rule them
all. Some might argue that it was overly-scoped, like IBM's San Francisco
project.

At the time that the EGL team was trying to attract HTML designers and
JavaScript developers, those communities were quickly shifting from
page-at-a-time interfaces to AJAX interfaces. New JavaScript frameworks
were multiplying like rabbits. The EGL team simply did not have control
over it, nor could they keep pace.

In regard to the RPG community, Barbara Morris, Scott Klement, Jon Paris,
and others had a much better pulse on those developers than the EGL team.
In trying to shield developers from SQL, the EGL team was going against the
grain of IBM's database teams, and a world-wide community.

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