• Subject: RE: DATE fields in RPG-IV
  • From: Bob Cozzi <BobCozzi@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 19:20:36 -0500

Chris,

>My point is that unless you were in the confessional when the developer
>confessed his sin of pride, you don't know what his motivation is.

Uh, actually Chris, I was on a conference call last year with several 
individuals. One of whom was the developer/planner for date fields. Based 
on that conversation and subsequent ones I have had, I stand by my 
statements.  I don't usually finger point, and since I was asked not to 
disclose the details of the conversation, I won't.  I mean Chris, what's 
your point? Do you think I'm making this stuff up?


Bob Cozzi
Bob@RPGIV.COM
www.rpgiv.com
AS/400 Books:  http://www.rpgiv.com/as400Books.html


On Tuesday, September 09, 1997 12:39 PM, Chris Rehm [SMTP:Mr.AS400@IBM.NET] 
wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>       BobCozzi @ ibm.net
> 09-09-97 06:51 AM
> To:   MIDRANGE-L @ midrange.com
> cc:   
> Subject:      RE: DATE fields in RPG-IV
>
> >The point is, the AS/400 is engineered by electrical engineers among
> >others. It an be modified. "Software integrated circuits" is what John
> >Sears calls it. The only reason DATE fields still perform bad is because 
> >the people that implemented it, or designed it are to proud of their 
work
> >to "fix" it. You know this system and the S/38 before it has always been 
>
> Bob, I think the above is a classic Cozzi slam. How do YOU know why they
> won't change it? I would expect that whoever worked on that code might
> indeed be proud of it. Now, let's suppose they get an email saying, "Bob
> Cozzi says DATE types are too slow."
>
> Now, couldn't they possibly simply look through the reports from their
> beta sites, run some timing things and decide that if there is a
> performance difference it isn't enough of a problem to hold off on the 22
> other projects on their list? Maybe their feel like getting one or two
> more projects done is important and that when Bob Cozzi puts in a S40 the
> performance will be fine.
>
> My point is that unless you were in the confessional when the developer
> confessed his sin of pride, you don't know what his motivation is. They
> might just be busy on what they (right or wrong) feel are more important
> issues.
>
> >I have only two AS/400's today: My original B10 (which is now a C10 or
> >something like that) and a RISC model (40S or S40 or AS400 model 400 or
> >other such confusing name). The C10 is in the garage with a sheet of
> >plywood on it, being used as a shelf (anybody want it?) The RISC model 
is
> >my development/production system.
>
> Sure, I could use a new shelf! How thick's the plywood? ;-)
>
> >I suppose, I could compromise on function over performance if Toronto
> >would
> >do two things.
>
> >1. Add blank line tolerance to the RPGIII compiler.
> >2. Add native date datatype support to RPGIII, including ADDDUR, SUBDUR, 
> >EXTRACT, etc.
>
> >This would provide enough of an incentive to use date fields in my
>
> This kind of constructive criticism is useful, I think. Let them know 
what
> you want. If they don't deliver and you take another route, it was their
> fault.
>
> >Bob Cozzi
> >Bob@RPGIV.COM
>
>
>
>
> Chris Rehm
> Mr.AS400@ibm.net
> You have to ask yourself, "How often can I afford to be unexpectedly out 
of business?"
> Get an AS/400.
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