>> and will it ever be able to do some of the things Java can do today?(Internet, client/server etc) COBOL (particularly on the AS/400) has not progressed as quickly in recent years as RPG - partly because the investment for the OO COBOL compiler as defined for ANSI is horrific given the number of COBOL users on AS/400. Partly because IBM "own" RPG and can do anything they like without having to worry about ANSI standards. That said I have to disagree with your apparent notion that COBOL today can't do the Internet and C/S stuff. It can. For Web stuff check out www.easy400.ibm.it where you will find some COBOL CGI information although it uses the "old" CGIDEV2 library and the latest COBOL release can use CGIDEV2 directly. E-mail me if you want to see some simple COBOL web examples. As to C/S there are various PC and Linux/Unix "flavors" of COBOL that can be used to front end AS/400 server code. For that matter use Java to front-end server code. IBM's recent announcements on WebFacing and Affinity are as applicable to COBOL as RPG and can "webulate" your existing code. The latest (V5) release increases affinity between COBOL and Java and subsequent releases will take that further. That's enough for now - we can discuss any specific elements of what I've said here if you want. Jon Paris Jon.Paris@e400.com www.e400.com - A new wave of iSeries and AS/400 Education +--- | This is the COBOL/400 Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to COBOL400-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to COBOL400-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to COBOL400-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +---END
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