[ic] "Interchange 6"? Really?

Paul Jordan paul at gishnetwork.com
Tue Sep 27 23:42:47 UTC 2011

>>Am I the only one that finds a bit...I don't know...misleading?
> * the knowhow
> * the community
> * ideas
> * concepts
> The fact is, IC hasn't had "idea" changes for a while. And while racke's
> approach is a bit "revolutionary" it takes all the knowledge from IC5
> and moves it toward a modern perl infrastructure for e-commerce.

I think David feels like your throwing away *his* knowhow, and the time and 
money he has put towards ideas and concepts in the tech he built around IC.

I understand how he feels. However, If Perusion, Peter, or End Point aren't 
freaking out about it, then I would rely on what Peter said, and that there 
will be a path of some sort for all of us.

I'm sure there were a couple IRC meetings, and everyone decided this was 
best. I think David (and I) were just taken aback by the way that Racke 
phrased it - as I was too a bit freaked out because I am in the midst of 
several large projects with the type of clients that are with you for life. 
The thought that I pour tons of time and money into their projects and have 
custom code built right now and for the next 2 years only to know I am going 
to have to learn something new and rewrite everything - free of charge - is 
a bit hard to swallow.

I'm not against rewriting large applications if there are benefits (like 
UTF8 everywhere), but I am put off that there is currently an unknown 
(unstated) upgrade path. Is my all the tech I currently have going to cost 
me $40k to rewrite out of my own pocket? From today till the the day IC 6 is 
actually ready to handle my apps, will the tons of time and 20k more I put 
into 5.x just have gone down the drain? Am I basically working for free 
right now?

I trust Mike, Racke, John, and Peter so I feel okay with leaving it at that. 
However I can see that the community would want more than the roadmap. Maybe 
someone can describe what it will be like when ready. What will the code I 
use in the page be like to achieve [query], [if], [scratch], or what kind of 
rework will all my usertags will need?

There are tons of people putting in a lot of time and money into their tech 
and there is a hole - not what is going to happen with IC, what is going to 
happen with their tech? Did we make a mistake forging new multi-year 
projects on IC?

Anyways, like I said, I trust the guys, but it would be nice to know how it 
will work (for us) for our own decisions we've been making thinking IC will 
be there for us.


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