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On 11-Dec-07, at 1:00 PM, Mark S. Waterbury wrote:

There are a large number of OPM MI instructions that are not available
as ILE built-ins. As to performance, it depends on the algorithms used
and how they are coded. In many cases, OPM MI can perform very well.

I didn't think there were many that mattered these days Mark but I bow to your superior knowledge on the subject.

C code has to be a lot more maintainable than MI and there are many
more tools to work with it.

It is certainly possible to write very obtuse code in C, almost as
cryptic and unreadable as some examples I have seen in APL.

I think this misses the point - it is possible to write obscure code in any language - it is simply that some (APL being a good example of a write-only language) do a "better" job than others.

The point I was trying to make was that there are a lot more tools out there to work with C code and by using C rather than MI you can use the (relatively) easy approach to file handling etc. provided by C rather than having to code it al the hard way in MI. You can also bind the resulting code into an RPG program for that matter.

Jon Paris


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