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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.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Dgraff,
WebFOCUS 8.0.7 DS 8.0.7 AS 8.0.7 Windows Output: Excel, HTML, PDF, AHTML,Mobile In Focus 1982
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 ....
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.
Pilot: WebFOCUS 8.2.06 Test: WebFOCUS 8.1.05M Prod: WebFOCUS 8.1.05M Server: Windows Server 2016/Tomcat Standalone Workstation: Windows 10/IE11+Edge Database: Oracle 12c, Netezza, & MS SQL Server 2019 Output: AHTML/XLSX/HTML/PDF/JSCHART Tools: WFDS, Repository Content, BI Portal Designer & ReportCaster
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!
In FOCUS since 1985 - WF 8.009/8.104 Win 8 Outputs: ALL of 'em! Adapters: Sql Server Teradata Oracle
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 Web Focus 7.6.10 under Windows 2003 MVS 7.3.3