Hi Nathan, you've resumed very well the situation in a few paragraphs. Really the best resume I've seen. This is really our main worry about the future of the iSeries platform.
It could be worse. We could be dealing with a platform where the highest priority task was one monitoring mouse events; one where a user moves a mouse across the screen and about eight hundred messages are sent to the program controlling the forefront window. The System i knows how to effectively manage server workloads, at least <smile>. IBM finally came out with iSeries Access for the Web, and Webfacing, and HATS as interim, stop-gap measures, in response to recalcitrant users who were slow in moving to Websphere. I don't blame recalcitrant users, though. Under a 5250 paradiam, people could create robust, turn-key solutions without worrying about architecture. The native interface was so simple and well integrated, and performed so well that new applications were popping up in every industry for quite a few years. I'm still optimistic about the platform. We need to move past interim solution, though. AJAX could be a key. We're beginning to see applications with desktop-like interactivity, even though the applications are hosted on a server, and the majority of code is running on a server. Nathan. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail beta. http://new.mail.yahoo.com