Looking back at how far we’ve come March 27, 2009Posted by Duncan in PeopleTools.
Today I had the need to check something on an old Tools 8.18 / HR v8.3 environment that hadn’t been booted for many a year, and it was quite an eye opener.
The environment was hosted within an old VM, last touched in 2003 and it was fun to mess around and battle to get it booted.
Those of us that have been around for a few years will remember the old Tools 8.1x user interface with the breadcrumbs, but one of the surprises for me was how fast it runs on a modern laptop. I gave it 1.5GB Ram and it absolutely flew!
The entire VM (that’s Windows 2000, the install – Tuxedo, WebLogic, Ps Home, and the database – SQL Server) comes in at just under 4GB.
Another surprise was that the PeopleCode editor didn’t have Syntax Highlighting. I can remember moaning about it at the time – how most other IDEs had it built in for years – but I’ve just got so used to having it I’d forgotten there was a time when it wasn’t there, and boy does it make PeopleCode difficult to read.
So it was a surprise on one hand, how far the product has come since 2003, but also a little sad as most of the progress came in the first half of the intervening years.