Aaron Bartell wrote about the new RPG Open Access (RPGOA) feature available for IBM i.

The biggest problem with RPGOA is the cost … it’s not included in the base OS or RPG compiler. The cost is $500 – $5000, based on your system tier.

As the IBM i community has demonstrated repeatedly … charging extra for features that used to be, or should be, included is a significant barrier to adoption.

One point that Aaron brings up is, in my opinion, quite important … as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor), how do you demo software on a customers system if they don’t have RPGOA installed? Do they have to purchase RPGOA just to run a trial or proof of concept for a software product?

Imagine having to pay $25 for the .net framework on a Windows machine (and it was licensed on a per system basis). How many people would be using any products developed using .net?

Don’t get me wrong … I think RPGOA is a great idea … and could be a great driver for the IBM i. But if it doesn’t get adopted by the users it’s going to die on the vine.

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.