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Moving from MS to Open Source

Jan 16

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1/16/2010 12:00 AM  RssIcon

Accpac will be moving to a presentation/UI layer that is based entirely on open source tools. This is going to be a huge challenge for us at Zinck Computer Group.

For as long as we have been in business, we’ve developed software using Microsoft and Accpac technologies. We started back in the 80’s with MSC 5.0 and DOS and moved right into Accpac for Windows and Visual Studio / Visual Basic.

But now, the Accpac SDK is based on Tomcat, Eclipse, Google Web Toolkit and Java. Holy Cow Batman! What a difference!

What I’m noticing is that while most of these tools are deep and flexible, they just don’t have the product polish that something like .Net or Visual Studio has. I can’t go to a web site like MSDN and look up quality documentation.

I’m already finding it hard to get centralized information on these tools. Sure, Java is a no brainer, but Tomcat, GWT and Eclipse are moving targets and not as nearly well documented.

This is going to be a major change for us and we are going to miss our Visual Studio. Anyone who says Eclipse is just as good hasn’t used VS.

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