We have been CASE Studio 2 enthusiasts in my company for several years. As system integrators, we have a policy of multi-platform development. Hence our developers work on either Windowses, Linuxes or MacOS X.
As CASE Studio was only supported on Windows, we tried to satisfy our non-Windows developers by running it over Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator), a software layer that lets Unix-family users run (some) Windows applications on their preferred platform. Although not all CASE Studio functions ran on the first try, the error diagnostics that were given upon failures were sufficiently clear for us to understand what the problems were, i.e. missing DLLs.
Although we are still very happy with CASE Studio, we recently decided to give Data Modeler a try, in the same conditions. It turned out to be a real disappointment. The only thing I get (after the splash) is the following message: “Package ‘AlterOR10OR10.txg’ can’t be loaded (inconsistence of data)”.
I queried the Support as to the meaning of this error message and got the following response: “Toad for Data Modeler is technically supported on Windows 2000/XP/Vista” which left me completely baffled. I even thought for a moment that I had misdirected my query and that this answer had come from Redmond. It took me a few days to recover, especially after I had experienced the quality of support from Charonware back in 2005, just in time to be queried in turn by Quest, wondering whether this answer had helped… Sigh.
It may be that Quest is not aware of the fact that not all developers in the world exclusively use Windows. But it is really too bad. I remain convinced that CASE Studio was an excellent product and that it deserved a better future than that displayed by the current level of Data Modeler’s support. I also believe that slightly tweaking Data Modeler’s code would be sufficient to let it run on Wine, opening a wide new avenue of business opportunities. And I am willing to help. Anybody else interested out there?