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Having just returned from Summit. I was sitting in the session called meet the FocWizzards taught by Noreen and Art and I was wondering how many of us have been around since the the early days. Hey I think the first release of FOCUS I used was 4.9.12 and I remember taking my PC apart to install the expansion card to get PCFOCUS release 0.5 to install. Maybe we should have a Quarter Century Club or something like that. To honor the persons that have spent the lions share of there careers using and promting FOCUS / WebFOCUS.

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Duane

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I agree!
I started with FOCUS in 1982.
Mainframe MVS and VM.
Then PC/FOCUS, VAX/FOCUS.
Then Focus for Windows.
Focus for Unix
And back to the future: WebFOCUS.


Daniel
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We did in fact posit that very thing to Gerry at the offsite, he liked the idea, and we discussed it with Kathleen.




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Any thing I can do to help I'm willing


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say duane, how about turning this thread into a Poll, find out how many fp'ers would be happy about this...

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So some of us are still kicking.

Big Grin


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ok, even sillier, i just added my In Focus date to my signature! How 'bout we start that trend!




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What a good idea.


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You must all been in diapers!


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Hey Doug - it was nice to meet you at Summit!


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Likewise Prarie... Be on the look out for a PM...


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Nice Trend Setting Susannah... In Focus Since 1983...

BTW: I'll vote Yes to "The Quarter Century Club"
 
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I have taken your sugestion and started a poll.


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Does one get extra points for 1) having expertise in TED and/or 2) having a copy of User Written Subroutines?


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Which release of UWS ?

Always the best coding companion.


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I just voted Yes - I'm with (Web)Focus since '88, so I just barely qualify for the quarter century club.


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Hmmm ... I go back to '85. My most prized posessions (OK, maybe prized is the wrong word ...) are my 3-volume set of PC-FOCUS manuals - including UWS. At Summit (apart from Noreen and Art's presentation), almost all the demonstrations were done using the GUI, which drove me nuts ....


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Voted Yes. Started with Multi-User PC FOCUS in 1985.


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Voted yes.

Started in 1987 (guess that means I'd just sneak into the 1/4 century club this year!), writing FOCUS extracts and reports against MSA (Management Science America) General Ledger/Profitability files on MVS.

Thanks all!




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David, put your In Focus date into your signature! Smiler




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Great Idea!

I started using the beta version of VaxFocus in 1985 here in Dallas. We sure had fun helping IBI debug it! Thank god IBI had a great local support team. We used the IBM Mainframe manual. Note the singular use of 'manual'. Just one volume! I wish I still had it. There was no Vax manual as it hadn't been written, yet.

Jimster06 (now retired): Yes, huge points for TED!

Waz: so true. I still have (and occaisionally use) a Focus VAX/VMS Subroutine Library Users Manual (DN4100027.1188). A set of OpenVMS manuals from 1993 and a near complete set of Focus System Journals, too.

George Patton: If you hate the GUI now under WebFocus, what did you think about the first GUI attempts using Tabletalk/Modifytalk?

This makes me think of the ELO song 'Ticket to the Moon'. The first verse is appropo:

Remember the good old 1980s?
When things were so uncomplicated?
I wish I could go back there again
And everything could be the same.

With the "Dallas" premier tonight on TNT, everything old is new again! Cheers!

David



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I miss TED...
 
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I started in 1983 with pc focus, not sure what version it was, but i remember a bunch of floppies and one with a red dot.

In fact my first experience with pc, databases etc and I became addicted.
Reading the manual (the silver colored one) in my backyard. My wife asking me what book it was.




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ok cool, so put that in your signature...




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That Poll needs to be made sticky...but KErry does that...and she's on vacation for 3 weeks.... (which is why we're all on here yammering so much...)




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Tabletalk/Modifytalk


I have to admit that I used to use TABLETALK to build a skeleton fex, then enhance using TED.

I wish TED was still around, so powerful. Never learned all the commands.

I think I'll have a little cry.
Sweating


Waz...

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In ’83 I got tricked into learning FOCUS. I was an assembler programmer working with communication between computers. I was asked to join a team, because I knew how to get the new 1200 baud modems to connect. After I settled in, my boss’s, boss’s , boss’s walked up to me and said you should learn something called FOCUS, I signed you for an on-line course. This course was taken on a green screen dumb terminal. I listened to the guy; after all he was three levels up the command structure and had a big corner office. As they say the rest is history.


Jim Morrow
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ok cool so put 'in Focus since 1983' into yr signature, Jim.
 
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Its quite interestig how people get into there careers.

In 83, I was a trainee technician, and there were too many of us. We were playing cricket in the hallways, nothing to do.

I was offered a chance to do some programming, as it was covered in the course I had done (Not FOCUS though).

And now well over half my life has been dedicated to FOCUS.

Thanks Gerry.
Good One


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I've been trying to resist this thread, but what the ****.

1984, but are we also counting RAMIS, because then I get an extra year and a half.

First task in FOCUS was for one of the UK's first customers to convert RAMIS to FOCUS on an IBM 3070.

Z/OS, MVS, CMS, OS400, VAX, TANDEM, UNIX, LINUX, OS2, Windows, DOS.

liked the VAX, lots of VAX specific functions.

Christ I'm getting old.
 
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