[nSLUG] local ns e-govt and oss???

Bob Ashley ax386 at chebucto.ca
Thu Feb 17 15:56:19 AST 2005


Thanks for the language lesson!

M Taylor wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 17, 2005 at 03:05:20PM -0400, Bob Ashley wrote:
> 
>>>Yes, I'd support that, and of course there are transition costs. I'd 
>>>wager the MSFT argument for staying with Windows is that it's a familiar 
>>>environment and people know how to work within it. This Linux stuff is 
>>>strange and intimidating, and be prepared for high costs of retraining.
>>>
>>>They are looking, of course, at what would be a v. high cost of 
>>>switching everything over in a lump; any transition is likely to be 
>>>gradual, and that would be their greatest fear.
>>
>>What's 'a v.'?
> 
>  
> 'a very high cost ...'
> 
> 
>>>And of course there are legacy apps, written for the Windows 
>>>environment, which cannot be migrated. Of course MSFT helps with this by 
>>>periodically obsoleting whole chunks of its technology. Example? It's 
>>>not a smooth transition from Vb to VB.NET, and if one wants to (or has 
>>>to) move from DAO to ADO (let's rearrange the letters but kill backwards 
>>>compatibility) there massive code changes are required.
>>
>>Okay, can you clue in the clueless on some of the cryptic abbreviations? 
> 
> 
> VB is Visual Basic, which is the most likely language of any custom programming
> you are likely to see if an office technology environment. VB.NET is the
> .Net framework upgraded version.
> 
> DAO and ADO are data access methods (APIs) used to access data sources
> (Access, MS SQL Server, etc.) in a Windows development environment.
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