Subject Re: [Firebird-Architect] Strategic Replacement for Services API
Author Jim Starkey
Adam Clarke wrote:

>In my world there are a growing number of admins who do not have Windows
>machines, they actively shun products which even appear to favour that
>platorm. Despite what you would suspect from the more vocal members of
>the non-windows crowd this is not a political position. It is a reflex
>carefully honed by repeated dissapointments with shoddy Windows software
>badly re-implemented on their platorm of choice. It is a "bad smell -
>stay away" kind of thing.
Again, the important piece is the back end. The protocol is open, and
anyone can do a front end. The classes build, transmit, receive, and
parse the XML will all be part of the project, anyone with a burning
desire to punish himself/herself with the sorry excuses our industry has
for GUIs is welcome to make a front end. For me, life is to short for
sectarian GUI and platform battles.

>Given that an open source product tends to build it's popularity from
>grass roots activity (i.e. small time developers and consultant
>administratiors) solving problems for personal and small business needs,
>I wanted to make it clear that a platform specific GUI utility will make
>a negative impression on a significant and growing number of potential
Last time I looked, Linux about about 0.5% of desktops world wide. We
certainly don't want to do anything to offend this giant segment of the
industry, which is why the protocol is host independent and open.


Jim Starkey
Netfrastructure, Inc.
978 526-1376