Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 22:02:18 GMT
Reply-To: Greg Bryant <gregbryant@EARTHLINK.NET>
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From: Greg Bryant <gregbryant@EARTHLINK.NET>
Organization: EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net
Subject: Does new AF development really matter?
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I just thought I would start a thread on the subject of New AF
development in hopes of gaining some insight into how you all are using
the product and to throw forth a few opinions of my own. I have not had
the privelage of using versions 8.x, so there are probably many new
facets to Frame and SCM that I am missing. Or am I?
I have been doing some pretty complex Frame development under version
6.12 for several years and I have found it provides everything I need to
produce professional user interfaces and powerful back-end processing.
There are some occasions where I must be "creative" in working with the
limitations of 6.12, but I will always believe that this is one of the
most outstanding products ever produced in the IT industry. The
learning curve was pretty steep, especially if you forged it without SAS
training, but the destination was well worth the journey.
Now that SAS is considering the discontinuation of AF/Frame/SCM
development, my feeeling is that there is really nothing left to
provide. If one works on the 90/10 theory asking whether the product
meets 90 percent of the needs for designing and developing an
application, I think the current AF implementation (even under 6.12)
makes the grade. There will always be some esoteric situations that
will go unaddressed, but SAS has done as good a job as anyone else in
providing a robust, open and full-featured development platform.
Lay it on me (smile).