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.


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