Recently, we had a call from a company. They were switching small doctor's offices from a competitor's old DOS-based package to their new Microsoft package that used SQL Server or MS Access and Win Forms to provide an application for these clinics and doctors. The old application did not include source code, and the original vendor appeared to have gone out of business (or was uncooperative with the customer trying to move away from them). The real problem was that the version of the database that they were using was one that was over 20 years old!
This is an example of how a customer thought outside the box to solve a problem.
This story is dedicated to all the developers who have found themselves in a situation where they have set something in motion that they desperately wish they could stop...
FusionWare Integration Corp. has created a plug-in for osCommerce that extends osCommerce to use your bricks and mortar POS system for customer info and authentication, product inventory, pricing and categorization, and order processing.
Our latest effort involves moving EBCDIC data off AS/400 optical drives to a more price effective relational database. They no longer use the optical storage for their application and when faced with the expensive option of upgrading their existing proprietary system they chose FusionWare Integration to leverage the value in standards based database storage saving them money and giving them better access to their business information.
This is the first of several posts, where I plan to indicate how and why one would access Twitter from a U2 (Universe or Unidata) system.
When I first started with computers, I was working on Microdata systems running an O/S called Reality that had 16 users running on 64K of core memory.