From: Ben Preston <[log in to unmask]>
There are numerous (and horrid) examples; They range from medical
office apps (patient record programs, medical imaging) to accounting
and email servers (mdaemon, exchange). It's an ugly scene. To make
matters worse, most Windows "server" applications (especially stuff
coded inhouse) usually aren't made to use TCP/IP as their main method
of communication between server and client - NetBIOS with mapped
drives and shared files.
My favorite is when they use the shared directory to point to an Access
file that they then poll for new records rather than dare to open a
socket and read until and error or it closes. Pathetic.
It's as good as it sounds. Like traveling
cross-country by loading a horse and buggy onto a jetliner.
Wilhelm K. Schwab, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Department of Anesthesiology
PO Box 100254
Gainesville, FL 32610-0254
Email: [log in to unmask]
Tel: (352) 846-1285
FAX: (352) 392-7029