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Mar 21 2007   7:55AM GMT

WDSc version 7.0 lacking

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

 IBM recently announced the latest version of WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSc), version 7.0. Unfortunately, IBM is leaving out Screen Designer and Application Diagram in the Standard Edition, and that has a lot of programmers hopping mad – not that I can blame them.   Why should users have to pay for the Advanced Edition?  It took a long time and a lot of patience for programmers to get the feel of WDSc and just when they’re starting to reap the benefits, IBM pulls the rug out from under them. Should they suck it up and shoot for the Advanced Edition, or should they call it quits and go back to their faithful green screens?

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  • Colin Steele
    Yes - WDSC 7.0 is a step backwards on CODE Designer and EGL. Yes customers are not notified of changes in product strategy more than a year in advance because it's too unpredictable at IBM. Yes, the replacement LPEX editor lacks alot of the functionality CODE Designer had. The larger issue is who SHOULD own the AS/400/iseries/system i platform? IBM Toronto, IBM Rochester or you? My guess is the platform would be more successful IF it were open-sourced and managed actively by the customer base rather than IBM. The Apache model supports that type of argument - let IBM provide resources but the product management decisions are managed by a committe elected by the users .... perhaps via COMMON
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