This is a brief snapshot of our planned Developer Connection for LAN
Systems and a questionnaire for customer feedback. We're interested
in your feedback via EMail, fax or US Mail per instructions at the end.
First some background info on the DEVCON package, and then 10
reasonably brief questions.
PSP LAN Systems develops products that provide network operating
system services (such as file, print, transaction, security and
directory) for multiple operating systems (OS/2, DOS, Windows and
AIX). Today, these products include OS/2 LAN Server, LAN Server
Ultimedia, LAN Server for Macintosh, DOS LAN Requester, LAN
Distance, Network Transport Services/2, LAN Netview, OS/2 and
Windows DCE Run-time Client, AIX DCE, and AIX Encina. In addition,
there are complementary products that extend the system's
functionality such as Communication Manager/2, Database/2 for OS/2,
NetSP, CICS and Distributed System Object Model. PSP LAN Systems
has identified an API (or development tools) strategy to provide
an application development environment with industry standard APIs
for application portability, and object frameworks to assist
developers with code reuse.
To help communicate the API strategy and identify the current
inventory of LAN Systems API to you, we're planning a Developer
Connection CD-ROM for LAN Systems (See Note 1). This CD-ROM is a
cross-platform offering that will support the installation of
products and information to OS/2, Windows, DOS, and AIX
workstations. It provides the programming environment required for
client/server and distributed computing application development.
The CD-ROM will contain the following:
- LAN Systems Toolkit
- Header files, library files, sample programs and documentation
for all current products and those products in beta. (See Note 2)
- API Roadmap Document that provides a detailed description
of each API category and the future of the API. For example,
the roadmap will identify if the API is the standard or how
it will be mapped to the standard in the future.
- IBM SOMobjects Base Toolkit
- LAN Systems Product Betas
- Other Resource Manager APIs
- Technical pubs and white papers
- Product demos
- Third-party application development tools
Notes: 1) The Developer Connection is a subscription program
that offers the latest and the best in development
information from IBM development teams. Currently
LAN Systems participates in Developer Connection
(DEVCON) for OS/2.
2) Some of the APIs in the LAN Systems toolkit are available
with their shrink-wrap product offering. DEVCON will become
the vehicle to deliver the consolidated API and
toolkit information for LAN Systems products.
Your input is needed to finalize details for the Developer
Connection and the Toolkit for LAN Systems. Please provide us with
information about your company and development environment and
complete the following questionnaire.
NAME OF COMPANY_________________________________________
APPROX NO OF EMPLOYEES__________________________________
Indicate the products you currently develop applications for:
___ a. OS/2
___ b. Windows
___ c. AIX
___ d. LAN Server
___ e. DCE
___ f. Encina
___ g. LAN Netview
___ h. Other network operating system service providers;
1. Should product run-time code be provided on the CD-ROM as well?
2. If run-time code was provided on the CD-ROM, would you prefer?
___ Free of charge developer's license (the code could not be
used for production use);
___ The product run-time code encrypted and you would unlock
the code by paying the license fee.
3. Is CD-ROM only an acceptable delivery vehicle for the DEVCON for
4. Currently DEVCON for OS/2 is provided as a quarterly subscription,
how often would you prefer to see DEVCON for LAN Systems be provided?
___ on the same schedule as DEVCON for OS/2
5. Currently the charge for the DEVCON for OS/2 subscription is $199.00
per year. DEVCON for LAN Systems plans to charge an additional
subscription fee to cover development, manufacturing, and
distribution costs. Would you be willing to pay a subscription
charge of $99.00 - $199.00 for DEVCON for LAN Systems?
6. Do you currently subscribe to DEVCON for OS/2?
7. Would you subscribe to the DEVCON for LAN Systems?
8. What else needs to be available on the DEVCON for LAN Systems?
9. What else needs to be available with the LAN Systems Toolkit?
10. What third-party application development tools vendors and products
would you like to see on the DEVCON for LAN Systems?
After completing the questionnaire, use one of the following methods
to return to us:
1. Print the questionnaire, complete, and fax to 1-800-456-3838.
2. Complete by editing as a file (available from various BBS's)
and e-mail to:
3. Complete and mail to:
Kim Wilkens, Internal Zip 9375
11400 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758
If you have questions about this survey, please call:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR PRODUCTS AND TOOLKITS.
IBM PSP Lan Systems