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RE: "RPG isn't cool" (was: Re: IBM Secret)


  • Subject: RE: "RPG isn't cool" (was: Re: IBM Secret)
  • From: Joel Fritz <JFritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 08:46:04 -0700

fixed

Gee, Hans, you're a brave person.  I suspect I'm not the only one who has
"brilliant and simple" suggestions.<g>

I don't know how hard it would be to change the compiler to do it, but I
think RPG would be much "cooler" if the positional syntax weren't mandatory.
EVAL is an improvement, but I want to jump off the edge and write stuff
like:

if a = TRUE
  exsr(b)
        else
                exsr(c)
endif

-----Original Message-----
From: boldt@ca.ibm.com [mailto:boldt@ca.ibm.com]
Sent: Monday, May 10, 1999 7:00 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: "RPG isn't cool" (was: Re: IBM Secret)




eric wrote:
> You can't teach something that student's don't want to learn (or attend).
>  "RPG isn't cool".
>

I'd be the last person to try to argue against that.  To
illustrate, compare CGI programming in RPG versus Perl.

Now, let's assume that being "cool" is a desirable
quality in a programming language.  If we were to try to
change RPG from an "uncool" language to a "cool" language,
is there a single easy thing we could do to improve the
language?

Cheers!  Hans

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com


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