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.