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


  • Subject: RE: "RPG isn't cool" (was: Re: IBM Secret)
  • From: "Schenck, Don" <Don.Schenck@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 08:32:36 -0400

fixed

"wasn't used"???

I STILL use RPG/free to maintain some old stuff -- stuff that will be
trashed soon to be replaced by an application written in VB.

But I LOVE(d) RPG/free. What a blast. I can STILL remember my "discussions"
with Jon "we can't drag the customers kicking and screaming into free-format
RPG" Paris about this subject. Wow ... those were some fun days.

Gotta run; I'm putting in an application at McDonalds to flip burgers.

Peace,

-- Don "Not an expert in Java ... yet" Schenck

-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Barber [mailto:MBOCEANSIDE@postoffice.worldnet.att.net]
Sent: Monday, May 10, 1999 6:16 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L
Subject: Re: "RPG isn't cool" (was: Re: IBM Secret)


Joel Fritz wrote:
> 
> 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

This was done several years ago.. It was called "RPG Free" as I
recall...
Roger Pence might be able to shed some light on that subject.. It was
developed by some folks at one of the magazines or one of the authors..

I can't remember all the details, but it was free form RPG... I don't
think it was ever widely accepted by the general community... Somebody
went to a hell of a lot of trouble to do it, then it wasn't used....
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