• Subject: Re: Java questions
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 03:45:56 EST


In a message dated 12/21/98 12:02:56 PM Eastern Standard Time,
DeSarFra@mail.divintech.com writes:

>       I have two questions.  First, there seems to be very little activity on 
>  this java mail list. Could anyone who subscribes to this list identify   
>  yourself.  I promise I won't start mailing you questions.  I just want to  
>  find out how many people are out there listening.

I'm here!  This list started out furiously when it was first established.  I
think traffic has fallen off since because:

A)  The people actually using JAVA on the AS/400 in a business environment are
too busy to post their random observations.
B)  The people that thought they were going to be "flipping hamburgers"
because they know only RPG are too busy with Y2K issues to experiment with
JAVA and ask questions.
C)  Nobody that doesn't fall under A or B has been posting anything!

>       Second, if anyone is trying to develop applications using the AS/400   
>  Toolbox for Java, I'm disappointed by the methods provided for the   
>  KeyedFile class.  Does anyone have a different opinion? The class does   
>  not seem to provide the capabilities that would be useful for positioning  
>  and reading through a keyed file.  I know the class provides about a   
>  dozen methods for accessing records, but when I try to actually start   
>  using them in a real application, I find them to be lacking.  As an   
>  example, there does not seem to be a method to simply position you to the  
>  end of a file or to read the last record in a file. You can use the   
>  methods provided to attempt to simulate these functions, but I find   
>  myself starting to need to make assumptions about the data to easily   
>  accomplish these tasks and others.  Any comments or suggestions would be   
>  greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Can't help with your question, but I've heard that JDE is announcing GA of a
JAVA version of its' software soon.  If true, this announcement by a major
AS/400 software provider would certainly provide the impetus to move JAVA into
the AS/400 mainstream, post haste.


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

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