Hello to all.
Last month I posted this article and got a number of responses. I want
to thank those who did.
I've decided to post it again because the reponses I got were extremely
diverse. I'd like to get some more.
I have been following this newsgroup for awhile and I think it might be a
good place to get some opinions.
I am a contractor/consultant since '85. About a year and a half ago I
was asked to build a Health Care Review system by one of my clients. I
naturally jumped at it, but it posed some interesting problems.
In order to compete with ORACLE, INFORMIX, and SYBASE I had to come up
with a way to pop windows on dumb terminals. PICK and the PICK-likes had
no intrinsic way of doing this so I developed some called routines.
These routines take the place of PRINT and CRT statements and create a
memory map of the specific terminal. This makes it possible to use other
routines to open multiple levels of windows and close them. The nice
thing about these routines is that they don't require a major rewrite of
any code or revamping of style.
The reason I didn't use a PICK 4GL in the first place was because of the
upfront price and annual costs. They were a bit stifling for me. I also
like to be able to access all the code and not just the pieces written
for user exits or triggers.
Recently, one of my large clients (a software house) has become
interested in purchasing my "tools" to upgrade their system. The tools
(which work with the windows) consist of a word processor, online help
processor, menu and screen processors, centralized input processor with
text editing using the arrow keys, explicit and fuzzy B-tree processors,
and drivers for various makes and models of dumb terminals and emulators.
I would appreciate some responses as to how to go about pricing these
tools and whether or not there is a larger market that would be
interested in this stuff.
Thanks for your help.