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| From: mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On
| Behalf Of Jon Paris
| Sent: Friday, October 10, 2003 3:09 PM

|  >> OT, but I'd be more interested in a RPGLE interpreter. :-)

| I must admit I find the fascination with MI hard to understand.  We all
| "own" the C compiler now (C++ too for that matter) - the majority of the
| useful MI functions are surfaced in the C library and in many cases will
| outperform the "native" (not that there is such a thing) MI anyway.
|
| Just what is it that can be done so much better in MI that makes it worth
| dealing with the absence of tools, documentation, syntax
| checkers, debuggers

<May, or may not, follow up with a longer reply, I've been thinking
through.. but time...>-;

In addition to reasons other's have given, I find an intrinsic beauty to MI.
The artist in me (and all coder's like to make stuff, which is a form of
art) appreciates the concept that, with a VERY small number of primitives
(objects and instructions), something as innovative and integrated as
CPF/OS/400 can, and did, result.



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