I believe this deserves a thread on its own, so I created this new thread and pasted the posts here.
I hope everyone will join in who is interested and has questions regarding the future of Team Developer.
Dave Rabelink wrote:For me it is the opposite, waiting for the TD6 version which gives us the possibility to consume and create .NET assemblies.
Rainer wrote:Do you really believe that Unify will be able to implement such a TD version?
Dave Rabelink wrote:To be honest, not in the timeframe Unify has presented at the last DefCon.
Based on past experiences with Gupta and the struggle Unify has to get TD5.1 stable and compatible with TD4.2, the amount of work do be done seems very ambitious.
One thing I'm sure of : TD6 will not be backward compatible with TD5.x.
If Unify chooses not to strictly keep the rule of compatibility, they could focus on core functionality/stability on TD6 and create a really new TD environment.
You can see it happen now: one of the reasons TD5.x timeframe has exceeded the initial plans is the struggle to get the ProfUI's layer 100% compatible (or at least very close to it). This takes a lot of time and resources and it seems Unify has miscalculated the impact of their choice to use ProfUi's as presentation layer.
With .NET (TD6), there is no ProfUi's (if I'm correct, the ProfUi's components are only available on native Windows and not .NET).
As stated in the roadmap they will use Microsoft WPF/Silverlight.
This could mean one thing (my guess) : TD5.5 will be the last native Windows version. TD6 can not be both ProfUi's and WPF compatible. If Unify tries to merge both layers into one TD version, I predict it will be a failure !
So I think Unify has to make a choice : support for both platforms (native Windows and .NET/WPF/Silverlight) or focus on one of them.
Based on the fact Unify has limited resources, I think they should choose to go 100% to .NET and let TD5.5 be the last native Windows version.
As .NET will be our goal platform, TD6 will be the version to wait for.
If Unify does not succeed in getting TD to .NET, I think that would be the last blow for TD !
If my assumptions are incorrect, Unify please correct me.
Didiman wrote:If TD 6 isn't comaptible to TD 5.x, than this will be a real problem for about 90% of the current Unify Customers. And, to be pragmatic, there is very little chance for Silverlight to get a real share at the users desktop. So why should one use Silverligth if you are on a deadend way again ?
And why do they put this amount of efforts into the ProfUI Stuff, if you can't use it later anymore ? My hope at the moment is, the the guys at Unify getting 5.1 running and release a STABLE 5.2 later on. All what will happen after that is far beyond the Horizont. So migrate now, but don't wait for anything coming in maybe 2-3 Years from now.