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Sad news - Alan B

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September 18, 2016, 04:11 PM
Tony A
Sad news - Alan B
Today I heard the very sad news that a dear friend and colleague had passed away.

Alan B was a long time member of both the Focal Point Forum plus it's predecessor - FOCUS Listserve, and had been in the FOCUS community for well over Thirty Years.

Always ready to assist those who asked a question on these pages, Alan was very skilled in core FOCUS/WebFOCUS. He was also well versed and skilled in the Maintain product.

Alan also worked closely with IB in the UK and was a valued partner in many projects that we completed and I know that my IB colleagues will miss him.

Sleep well Alan from all your friends at IB UK, our condolences to those whom you leave behind.
September 18, 2016, 06:02 PM
Coders heaven has become a better place...


Prod:WebFOCUS 7.6.10/8.1.04Upgrade:WebFOCUS 8.2.07OS:LinuxOutputs:HTML, PDF, Excel, PPT
In Focus since 1984
Pity the lost knowledge of an old programmer!

September 19, 2016, 09:43 AM
David Briars
Condolences to Alan B's family and colleagues.

Whether it be helping to solve problems, or showing ways to do things in less time, by supporting us to build better systems Alan left the world a better place.
September 19, 2016, 10:18 AM
He will be missed.

He was always an excellent voice on these boards. I've learned a lot from him over the years.

Eric Woerle
8.1.05M Gen 913- Reporting Server Unix
8.1.05 Client Unix
September 19, 2016, 01:59 PM
Thank you, T, for letting us all know.

In Focus since 1979///7706m/5 ;wintel 2008/64;OAM security; Oracle db, ///MRE/BID
September 19, 2016, 10:05 PM
Francis Mariani
My condolences to Alan's family. He was one of the smart ones.


Give me code, or give me retirement. In FOCUS since 1991

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September 19, 2016, 10:20 PM
Dr. Nick
A true master of our technical world, Alan B, we will truly miss your voice...

WebFOCUS 7.7.03 & 8.0.7
HTML, Excel, PDF, etc.
Also, using Maintain, etc.
September 20, 2016, 02:23 AM
That is sad news indeed. My condolences to Alan's family.
I remember him as a warm and helpful person. He'll be missed.


- Using AS 8.2.01 on Windows 10 - IE11.
in Focus since 1988
September 20, 2016, 04:51 AM
Ian Dalton
Indeed very sad. He was always willing to help on Focus issues and of course the Telegraph Cryptic crossword !! One of his little snippets he imparted (along with loads of others) was that the shortest focexec that can be written is 2 lines ....

RIP Alan.....

*** WebFOCUS 8.1.05M ***
September 20, 2016, 08:03 AM
Very sad indeed.
I hadn't seen any postings for a few years and assumed that he had retired to "cultivate his garden", quoting Voltaire.
I hope there wasn't any suffering.
My thoughts to his family.
"May the heavens bring consolation".

In Focus since 1982
wf 8.202M/Win10/IIS/SSA - WrapApp Front End for WF

September 20, 2016, 08:42 AM
Sorry to hear this. Thanks for letting us know. Frowner
September 22, 2016, 01:19 PM
Kevin W
Condolences to all.

WebFOCUS 7.7.05 (Someday 8)
Windows 7, All Outputs
In Focus since 1983.
September 23, 2016, 05:06 PM
Sorry to hear that. I probably was one of the last ones that benefited from Alan's expertise on Focal Point last year. My condolences to Alan's family, friends and everyone on Focal Point.

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DBMS: Oracle 11g
all output (Excel, HTML, AHTML, PDF)
September 29, 2016, 09:39 PM
Kathleen Butler
So sorry to hear this. Sending condolences to Alan's family and friends. He was always so helpful and will be missed.

Kathleen Butler
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