On 7/29/2014 5:17 PM, Dennis wrote:

"Bug fixes. OS compatibility. Tech support."

Thanks for the reply. So far I've never had any real bugs or need for tech
support, and I recently upgraded to win 8.1 without any trouble so not much
need for any of that. :)

I'm wondering if there are any features that might make the upgrade
appealing, particularly anything that would make it more productive than
using wdsc.

'More productive'.

One day I will write my thesis on what those two words mean to different
populations, and why those differences are crucial to understanding the
commoditisation of knowledge work. But breathe a sigh of relief; today
is not that day.

If you find that you are comfortable with WDSC 7, you are probably
limiting your work to the things WDSC 7 can do. You ARE artificially
restricted in the things you can do. For example, plugins like iSphere,
RPGUnit, X-Analysis, change management vendors won't run in WDSC 7. You
see syntax errors for fully free RPG and new SQL keywords and so on.
Only you can judge whether that is a tolerable environment for you. For
me, these artificial restrictions would make for a grim place to work.

I got my management to buy into the upgrade from 7 to 8.5. Partly, they
trust my judgement. Partly, they don't want to be stuck in the
'obsolete technology dungeon'. Partly because IBM is very, very clear
that RDi is THE direction to be moving in.

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