On 2013/2/3 8:17 PM, w 4038 wrote:
What good is ILE??
All the complexity just increases the potential for coding errors.
For me, a big advantage of ILE is the ability to have multiple levels of
privacy. Increased privacy tends to decrease the potential for coding
Say A calls B to do some subtask, and you want to change the first
parameter for B to be bigger.
If B is a separate *PGM, then B is public to the entire system. You now
have to do some analysis to determine who is calling B, so you can
increase the size of the variable that is being passed to B by all
callers. If you miss one of the callers of B, you might not find out
about the error until years later, if the storage corruption caused by
the parameter mismatch doesn't cause an exception.
If B is a _non-exported_ procedure in the same module as A, then B is
private to the module containing A and B. You don't have to do any
analysis at all. It is impossible to miss compiling one of the callers
of B. And even if you miss one of the callers of B so you don't change
the length of its parameter, the compiler will tell you immediately.