No, PL/I isn't gone....it's still out there...  I'm not exactly sure how
you get it nowadays but it is a live compiler....FAX/400 still uses it as
of v5r1 or maybe r2....been a year since they had to redo a program in
fax...  But fax requestor is written in PL/I...yeah, I know they call it
something else, but it's still the same stuff Susan wrote YEARS ago...

And, you're right, it was a poor implementation and not the full stuff
from Mainframe or Windows....



On Tue, 28 Sep 2004, James H. H. Lampert wrote:

> Rich Hart wrote:
> >  RE:  The post by James Lampert.  I was not aware that the AS/400 supported 
> > PL/I
>
> Unfortunately, it apparently doesn't any more. At V2, it was a licensed
> product; at V3, it was a PRPQ; at V4, it was long gone.
>
> It was never a particularly good subset. As I recall, list-directed
> (sort of like C stdin/stdout) and data-directed (sort of like a really
> good implementation of FORTRAN's NAMELIST) I/O wasn't there, and the
> terminal support was particularly lousy.
>
> But what was there worked, and worked fairly well. We had (I think) the
> V3R2 version for a short time, while still on a beta test version of the
> operating system, and (as I said) I used it to implement an enhanced
> version of the front-end in the back of the V2R3 API manual. But since
> the "TGTRLS" support in MI only came in around V5, I wasn't able to do
> much with it. Nor would I have any reason to do so, since the last thing
> I'd want to do with a commercial product is to have the MI programs in
> it limited to some arbitrary minimum release: the minimum release level
> limits C and RPG programs are enough of a pain in the <equus asinius> as
> it is.
>
> But as I said, QPRCRTPG front-ends aren't rocket science. As long as you
> get the basic principles of ANY example in ANY language, you should be
> able to write one in whatever language is most convenient for you.
>
> Now if only I knew how to attach my CRTMIPGM command to the "14" option
> in PDM . . .
>
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