>> Why not actually create a manual that would really let a beginner, maybe
a student in a college, learn something neat?

Well as Simon has pointed out all of the documentation required is
available - and that doesn't count Leif's book.  I personally find MI
interesting as an academic exercise - but that don't pay the rent - and
other things like Python are equally interesting.  My interest lies mostly
in application programming these days and I haven't yet encountered anything
I need to do that I can't do from C - or indeed RPG most times.

IBM have made it very clear that they have no desire to encourage MI
programming other than through C, so doing anything really doesn't make much
sense (from their perspective anyway).  Remember _they_ don't use MI.

Simon makes some good points about the missing functionality - I don't know
why they don't support those things - maybe Bruce Vining could comment on
the "missing" MI functions in the C compiler.

Jon Paris

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