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The BIG issues...

We all know them:-

Re-usable macros. How many times do we have to keep asking?

Global variables, i.e. the TOTAL lack of them or ANY information about what we've been promised for so long.

Variables losing their values all by themselves and the iRule team apparently refusing to let us know when iRule clears its variables so that we can at least allow for this in our coding/macros.

Why is support so utterly lacking these days. No answers to long outstanding questions. HELLO!!!!

All of which raises concerns about the prognosis for iRule's survival and the calls for some security for the hundreds of hours development we've put into our systems. If iRule goes belly up, what then?

And quite frankly the appalling job they're currently making of support and development of the app, I can't see them being long for this world, which is more than a bit worrying.

C'mon, prove me wrong. Show some REAL support and answer our (well, my) questions. Tell us when we'll be getting global variables and re-usbale macros that are so desperately required. Or ignore it all and undoubtedly lose customers. Your choice.
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    In the past there have been quiet times from support, but not like this. I agree with every thing that has been said. We see so many of these company's come and go, or get bought out by some one and shut down. So this does concern me as well. With that being said, I have started working on alternatives, that doesn't involve or rely on a company being in business, I'm going completely DYI. Not having to worry about company coming and going.
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    • I think the idea of a web (Cloud) based development environment is overrated. It precludes you from any modifications unless you have current internet access which is subject to the vagaries of your Broadband supplier (or your location) and everything in between.

      Also, the idea of it being automatically updated is no longer such a big deal. With automatic updating I never have to concern myself with new versions of apps. It just happens, so it's as good as a web based alternative in that respect, but with the security of knowing you can continue development in the unfortunate event that the developer goes out of business.

      That's not to say web based is a bad thing. If iRule was progressing nicely and getting better all the time, then I don't really care whether it uses a web based builder or an app. The trouble is, it's not. It all seems to have ground to a halt. For some time now the only development seems to have been the addition of new fancy gadgets to the database, stuff I have little to no interest in when the fundamentals are still so lacking. The real development tools and functions we've been desperately asking for are still not even on the horizon. We've been asking for the features I mention above now for YEARS. That's not progress. Either they are incapable of providing such functionality or there's something else going on.

      In so many respects I also like the idea of a DIY solution so that therefore we can never have the rug pulled from under our feet. But it would be very wasteful for multiple parallel developments. Maybe we should form a co-operative. We all assist with development in the knowledge that we each have access to the result, permanently and in perpetuity. Might be worth considering.

      Lets face it, with a company's customers openly discussing a rival strategy on its own support forums without any response from that company says it all really doesn't it.
    • Well your DIY is going to be a web interface. Meaning creating your own web pages and hosting them locally. Which means HTML, JAVA, Python knowledge will be key. You have many options to do this. You could run your own web server like apache, or even do this off of a raspberry pi. For my self I am using jRiver media center which has a built in Web server, So I am just creating pages. I am using EventGhost to send IR and rs232 commands and sending IP commands from the web pages. I am just getting things going so don't have much done yet.
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  • And after months of silence, suddenly today, a new release with Global Macros. Well good news that it is, it's certainly not before time and why keep us in the dark and say nothing to our numerous requests, even if just for information about the development progress.

    But let's not dwell on that. Re-usable macros. Yay!

    Now, about those other issues...
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