ABS Corp / Store Systems Division sells retail POS and textbook
management systems to the college bookstore market. We've been a Mentor
shop since the mid-80's. We moved to PRO 4 over two years ago, but were
not happy with its reliablility on large, heavliy loaded sites. We chose
to move to mvbase last spring. We cutover internally in June, and have
our first end-user site coming up at the first week of Nov.
Build 55(rel 1.1) overall was a good relase. GA promises that the few
issues we've uncovered this summer are fixed in build 67 (release 1.2).
For a deveoper looking to migrate fairly generic R83/Mentor applications
to a WinNT, nothing is easier - bar none! If you have a really clean
NT-compatible hardware system and current releases of NT, the conversion
should go smoothly. If you have many sites to support as we do, then
this may be the least painful way to keep your existing users in the
fold while going forward.
Piclan-IP has been a joy to work with. We've developed applications that
are now running at two of our user sites with four more licensed but not
online (see our demo site at www.storesys.absc.com). By working directly
with all those great multi-valued tools you're used to (Pick file
system, BASIC, TCL, ACCESS..), developing web apps could not be easier -
if I can do it, anyone can! No GUI to learn, no new langauges to master,
no complex series of APIs to make work together. Just plain old HTML and
the multi-valued system you know and love.
If NT seems to be in your future or getting a Pick-based web site up and
running is on your list, I strongly recommend that you check these
Count Darling IV