• Subject: Re: CL enhancements
  • From: Jon Paris <paris@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 09:27:00 -0500

>>"I'd be  willing to have traded the time & effort spent on RPG/370 (sorry
Jon, I know those 2 customers really loved it) and have had the CL enhancements
I just mentioned."<<

I agree with you John that CL is in need of some additional functionality.
However, I can't not comment on the quote above (you only say these things to
get me going don't you John!). The only connection between RPG/370 and CL  is
that both are IBM products.  It's a bit like saying we could have afforded to
enhance CL if we'd never invented the Thinkpad.

What came out of the RPG/370 efforts was a new compiler that formed the
foundation for RPG IV.  There is no way we could have afforded to do RPG IV if
we hadn't had that to use as a base.  The old RPG III compiler was held
together with chewing gum, duct tape and baler twine - any enhancement was a
major, major undertaking and had a lot to do with why so many people (rightly)
complained about the lack of new function in the language.  Most of you who
know me know exactly how I feel about RPG/370, but the funding for that came
from the SAA initiatives - not from any pot that CL could have dug into.  In
fact the same SAA was responsible for  a significantly enhanced command
language - it's called Rexx (says he running and ducking with huge grin on

Jon Paris - AS/400 AD Market Support - paris@ca.ibm.com
Phone: (416) 448-4019   -   Fax: (416) 448-4414
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