I can't speak for others.  But...  here's what I object to:

Three years from now, maybe later, maybe sooner, I am going to see that in
someone else's program and have no idea what it means.  Where was the test
actually done?  What was the test?   What actually did the programmer mean
when he did or didn't turn on that indicator?  Where do I look?  Is it
from some other program somewhere?  Whatever else it is, I can guarantee
one thing: It won't be in widespread use and it won't be widely
understood.  I can also guarantee that I'll have to take a day and find
out what it's all about and then never use it again.  

Here's another way of looking at it:  What does this feature offer that
isn't easily done in other ways?  Give me an example of something I can
actually use this feature this for.  Where is the value in my learning how
to do this.

on 09/12/97 at 08:17 AM, CVWD@aol.com said:

Is all that really worth it?  According to the ILE manual you can just

C                  If            %Nullid(MyDateFld)
C                  /*  do your null-date routine here */
C                  endif

What is it you object to so strenuously?  The percent sign?  Just
wondering -


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