Your thoughts on Smartware II... 
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 Your thoughts on Smartware II...

Hello, all,

I'm a FoxPro developer, so I hope I don't raise too many eyebrows by posting in this group, but I
have a question that's been needling me for a couple of years, if I may.

What happened to Smartware?

First of all, I'm wondering how it measured (measures) up against 'real' Informix 4GL. My suspicion
is that it was (is) a watered-down version of the real stuff. I do know that Angoss bought it, and
(in my opinion) has handled the whole thing very poorly; tech support at the time I tried (1994) was
abominable (2-3 day wait for a callback), and their sales staff was{*filter*}y and rude. As it is now,
I'm waiting for an email reply (2 weeks on the 3rd attempt), just to see where they're at in the
development world.

I cut my 4GL teeth in 1990 on the product, and after becoming dismayed at their handling of the
situation, switched to FoxPro. I've been a happy dB-pusher since then.

What do you think? Would my exposure to the product give me any inroads to the real stuff?

I'd be anxious to hear any and all opinions!

Thanks
Jeff

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Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT
 Your thoughts on Smartware II...

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> <SNIP>
> a number of "integrated" suites back in them days).  It had separate word processing,
> spreadsheet, report writing, etc. programs, that could be linked together via a scripting
> language.  It had it's own "database", if you could call it that.  It was quite a popular product
> in its time.

At the moment we are still using SmartWare for Databases on our file server.

That is why I'm browsing this NG. Looking for something else....

Our old Smartware is probably not year 2000 Compatible, and I have not been
able to get it to run on Windows-95.

A have an evaluation copy of an iudated version of Smart that does this, however as
far as I can see it has hardly changed from the old version. Plus if the problems I had
installing the eveluation copy are anything to go by I have serious doubts about getting
the real thing.

Richard.

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Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT
 Your thoughts on Smartware II...

+What happened to Smartware?
+
+First of all, I'm wondering how it measured (measures) up against 'real' Informix 4GL. My suspicion
+is that it was (is) a watered-down version of the real stuff. I do know that Angoss bought it, and
+(in my opinion) has handled the whole thing very poorly; tech support at the time I tried (1994)
was
+abominable (2-3 day wait for a callback), and their sales staff was{*filter*}y and rude. As it is now,
+I'm waiting for an email reply (2 weeks on the 3rd attempt), just to see where they're at in the
+development world.

Holy cow, now that's a trip down memory lane!  No, Smartware II has absolutley nothing
to do with Informix-4gl.  It was developed by Innovative Software, which merged with
Informix back in, what, 88, 89.  Smartware was already an existing product at the time
of the merger, as was 4gl.  Consider smartware to be a precursor to MS Office (there was
a number of "integrated" suites back in them days).  It had separate word processing,
spreadsheet, report writing, etc. programs, that could be linked together via a scripting
language.  It had it's own "database", if you could call it that.  It was quite a popular product
in its time.  

Smartware experience will contribute nothing toward learning Informix-4gl - it is an altogether
different beast.

Dave



Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT
 Your thoughts on Smartware II...

OK, thanks! Guess I'd better change some language on my resume <g>. Glad to see someone's around who
remembers.

- Jeff

Quote:

>Smartware experience will contribute nothing toward learning Informix-4gl - it is an altogether
>different beast.

>Dave

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Wed, 18 Jun 1902 08:00:00 GMT
 
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