• Subject: Re: AS/400 BASIC
  • From: Glenn Ericson <Glenn-Ericson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 16:12:20 -0500

At 02:18 PM 2/13/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Hank writes:
>> I thought the question was a joke when they asked me about it. However, a
>> check of licensed program products reveals that there exists a BASIC for
>> the AS/400... The question was: "Is there any tools for migrating a system
>> from AS/400 BASIC to RPG or COBOL?"
>> I could probably rewrite the system, but it would not be a fun time. Anyone
>> out there have a better idea?
>BASIC exists for the AS/400, but it's not common. The fact that something
>was written in BASIC/400 and is being used indicates that A) the programmer
>knew neither RPG nor COBOL, or B) there was something about the project that
>was much easier to do in BASIC than any other language. Neither of these
>options indicates that conversion is going to be easy, and it will probably
>end up being a rewrite from almost scratch.
>On the other hand, I've flipped through the manuals a couple of times, and
>it looks like a pretty good implementation of BASIC, with at least functional
>support for the AS/400 features. Working with whatever it is as BASIC might
>not be that bad.
>Peter H. Coffin
It's the  same old story  - you write in anything other than mainstream
languages and come time to move on your  in  a real bit of a bind.

Glenn Ericson,          Phoenix Consulting                      
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