Almost in time for the Ides of March, IBM is releasing the long-awaited ‘lite’ version of WDSC, version 7.0. This new version is supposed to be able to run in a much smaller memory footprint. That is good. The bad news is that IBM appears to be trying to squueze a little more revenue from its customer base with regards to the (also) long-awaited replacements for CODE DESIGNER and CODE NAVIGATOR
For a number of years now, a lot of WDSC fans, including myself, would ask George Farr or Phil Coulthard when these vital tools would finally be integrated into the WDSCi code base. The answer was usually some variation of soon. Turns out that soon may actually have been IBM-speak for never. The integrated WDSC replacements for these two tools are only included in the Advanced Edition of WDSC, at a cost of nearly $3,500 / developer. If every reader who thinks their boss is going to cough up that much case per seat will send me a quarter, I just might get enough case to buy a small (tall) cup of Starbucks coffee!
Who else out there thinks IBM has blown it, considering they keep telling us to stop using PDM/SEU/SDA and get into the WDSC world?