Steve, >I >think you can argue that without the competition from outsiders, there was >no real incentive for the IBMers to improve their products. The result is >an ILE that has not been improved since it was released. Explain then the vast plethora of new features added to the RPG ILE compiler since it was introduced in in V3, even though it has no competition from outsiders. We have seen an *incredible* amount of improvement in the RPG ILE compiler during the last decade. (Thanks Hans and Barbara!) It may not have been in the specific features you want, but then we all have our own priorities. Remember that, until V5, most shops would only pay the license for a single HLL compiler, typically RPG. Thus fewer shops would benefit from extending the ILE model than from increasing the features in RPG itself. Additionally, I suspect that the language team can only implement so much on their own without cooperative changes from many other divisions. Witness the inability to give us full operational descriptors -- this simply is not under Toronto's control. Doug
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