>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.


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