Chuck makes a good point. One huge benefit of ILE is the 'I' bit - *
Integrated*. Using ILE, we can create a single program which includes
multiple modules written in different languages - CL, RPG, COBOL, C... Even
though CL includes lots of new features, I still pretty much use
it only for the same stuff I used it for 10 or 15 years ago - top-level
control processing. Sure, I'll make use of subroutines and some of that
flow-related stuff, but for instance, I've never touched the new
pointer-based variables in CL - why bother, when it's so much easier in RPG?


On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM, CRPence <CRPbottle@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 17 Feb 2013 06:13, paul.roy@xxxxxxx wrote:
My today concern is that I am preparing a ILE CL presentation and I
am not sure that I will present this rather complicated sample as a
good representation of what ILE is.
hopefully I have other example using IFS or HTTP API's...
I am still dreaming of future CL enhancement with *FLOAT data

DCL VAR(&A) TYPE(*FLOAT) LEN(8) value(300)
DCL VAR(&C) TYPE(*FLOAT) LEN(8) value(0)

would it not be simple, nice, easier, more readable ?

Certainly that would be all those things. However at some point the
question becomes... Why must the ILE variant of the Control Language
need to do everything that the other ILE HLLs can do?

One can just choose to write in another ILE Language to make either a
wrapper of the 'hypot' routine or write the code to perform the work of
the 'hypot' routine. The system I have used lately, does not even have
the C++ routines, so I would not even have the option to call them from
_any_ language; creating a wrapper is not even an option. There is
little reason an example for educational purposes should have to use
FLOAT. Just call a routine to do the Square Root in any language that
has that instruction\operator, plus the capability to accept the Packed
Decimal as input; the RPG has /native/ handling for Packed Decimal and
has a builtin for Square Root.

The following RPG source, for example, could be used to create the
module for the procedure 'hypot' [no error handling], to provide the
simple, nice, easy, and readable CL invocation to an ILE routine:

0001.00 hnomain
0002.00 d hypot pr 15p05
0003.00 d len1 15p05
0004.00 d len2 15p05
0005.00 p hypot b export
0006.00 d pi 15p05
0007.00 d len1 15p05
0008.00 d len2 15p05
0009.00 d*
0010.00 d rtn15p05 s 15p05
0011.00 /free
0012.00 rtn15p05 = %SQRT( len1 ** 2 + len2 ** 2 ) ;
0013.00 return rtn15p05;
0014.00 /end-free
0015.00 p e

Regards, Chuck
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