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Re: [vox] RPC - where to learn ASAP?
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Re: [vox] RPC - where to learn ASAP?



On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 12:29:11PM -0700, Donald Dunn wrote:
[...]
> IBM machine has RPC product (Sybase Open Server Connect) which is writen in
> assembly and COBOL and some object code.  First I had to go back in time to
> understand why this wasn't C code?  IBM was EBCDIC, didn't have a C
> compiler  and TCP/IP didn't run native.  So the SYBASE folks saw
> opportunity for $$$ and ported the RPC ASCII C code to IBM Assembly, and
> then all you had to do (a lot) was make a whole bunch of COBOL programs
> that took the RPC input to make calls to your ADABAS database, and return
> the output to the client.  Now they no longer support their product, but
> continue to charge for it.  The platform is moving to another datacenter's
> larger computer.  Rather then buy the product again and pay more, we are
> trying to rewrite it. <This sounds like a justification for public license
> software in itself !>

Oh, my.


[...]
> So, oh  well may have to wait for the book, wanted to see the movie first.

Did you know that most O'Reilly books have sample chapters available online?
You could read that while you wait for the dead-tree version to arrive ;-).

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