Kelly, you may have seen my other post in this thread where I said there
is no reason to switch from WDSC to RDi *if your pushback is based
solely on price/benefit*. However, it's my contention that you as a
developer not only need to move to RDi, but you need a seat of RDi-SOA
in the house as well (because you get all the great web stuff in there).
First, WDSC (and thus RDi) is much more productive than SEU. Whether
it's colored source, more lines per page, Outline view, content assist,
you name it it's better in the GUI tools. Yes, folks complain about
this feature or that not being there, but that's compared to other GUI
tools, certainly not to SEU. SEU, in a word, sucks. Yes, it's
functional, yes, it's fast, but so is Notepad. Why don't you write your
word processing documents in Notepad?
Second, it's not that expensive. It'RDi is $700 for the initial license
and $140 bucks a year per seat. Are you not worth that? I mean
seriously, if you save 40 hours in a year, you've more than paid for the
cost of the seat, no? I guarantee you can save an hour a week just
using the Search capabilities.
Third, get one seat of RDi-SOA and start playing with the GUI. I'm
starting a project that I'll be blogging about over at the EGL Cafe
where I am going to use RDi-SOA in my spare time to create some web
applications. I do mean my spare time - I have a full-time gig and a
five-year-old starting kindergarten. I'll be lucky to get a few hours a
week for this project. But I'll be writing web applications and at
least some of them will use *only* the Apache server and no WebSphere at
all. You might want to get the trial version of RDi-SOA and follow
along; I absolutely believe that anybody on this list will be able to
write some very cool web applications without a whole lot of time invested.
Anyway, enough for now. I gotta go meet the boy's new teacher.
I see your point about IBM shooting themselves in the foot with the
structure/pricing they're putting in place. Why not just go back to
SEU\PDM and make the switch to RDi when some distant OS release finally
breaks them? Save the licensing fees for RDi until then.