I believe this is because the AS/400 users are in a later phase than the
initial Visual Basic users.

The original Visual Basic was great for creating a GUI program with quite a
lot of functionality. This GUI-program did not work when Visual Basic .NET
came out, causing many people to avoid upgrading or to migrate to another

AS/400 users are accustomed to backwards compatability and know that
programs - once written - can live for many, many years. Hence the strong
desire for a platform guaranteed to be available and useful after all those

Is that an unreasonable expectation not having to rewrite your whole
codebase every X years?

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To: wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] EGL to become Eclipse project

I've never quite understood the worry about IBM killing the product. MS
does this every couple of years--making you rewrite your applications for
the new OS, new language, new release--oh, and retrain your users because
the interface has changed. Yet no one (speaking in generalities here)
ever hesitates to buy the product. To say IBM may abandon the product
makes no sense to me when people are willing to buy Visual Basic, C#, et

My 2-cents worth.

wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote on 06/19/2010 01:00:10 PM:
----- Message from Thorbjoern Ravn Andersen <ravn@xxxxxxxxxx> on
Sat, 19 Jun 2010 15:06:26 +0200 -----




Re: [WDSCI-L] EGL to become Eclipse project
. . .
. . .
. . .
I do not think there will be much difference from the end-user in terms
of functionality. The crucial thing is that it moves from being some
obscure internal IBM project to be a official Eclipse project, with all
that that means. It hopefully also results in that all talk about "IBM
may kill this any moment, like many other previous technologies" will go

away. Perhaps IBM will loose interest and abandon the codebase, but at
least it is publicly available so others can pick up the ball. Being an

Eclipse project may even gather enough momentum that the user base grows

enough for IBM not to loose interest.

For us, this move means that we may reconsider our decision about not to

use it :-)

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