IBM doesn't get UI?

By Ian Darwin on 2004-03-18 00:00 in Category: s/w industry

It's been forty years and IBM still has not learned how to write a simple interactive tool that generates usable information to the user.
$ db2 -u db2inst1 -w topSecret
DB21002E The parameter for option "-u" specified after the "db2" command or
in the DB2OPTIONS variable is missing or incorrect.
$ db2 -help
DB21001E The option "-h" specified after the "db2" command or in the
DB2OPTIONS variable is missing or incorrect.
$ db2 --help
$
The last one - no output at all - is among the most amusing.
And if you finally do get into the "db2" program and want to leave it: $ db2 ... db2 => exit DB210334E The command was processed as an SQL statement because it was not a valide Comand Line Processor command. During SQL processing it returned: SQL0104N And unexpected token "END-OF-STATEMENT" was found following "exit". Expected tokens may include: "JOIN ". SQLSTATE=42601 db2 => quit DB2000000I The QUIT command completed successfully. $ Somehow, they still don't get it.
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