On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM, Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
If RPG database RLA was more like SQL in that data from a file was
retrieved based on field *name* at run time and not on field *position* at
compile time.

I totally understand the thinking behind this, and sympathize to an
extent, but it really goes against the design and philosophy of the

What do you propose for the case where the file is missing fields that
were present at compile time and used by the program? Or fields that
have changed type or size?

The fact is that if you are truly doing a "benign" file change (for
example, just adding a completely new field), then the "fix" is, in my
opinion, equally benign: Just recompile the program as-is. Don't
complain about thousands of programs that need to be recompiled: You
can write (or buy) a program to find and recompile the affected


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