Booth,
    You can use it to write only PC based apps.  File access is somewhat
tricky though.  It fully supports flat text files.  I do believe it will work 
with
DB2 for WinNT using embedded SQL. (this is just from reading some doc,
not actually doing it).
I have written a quick app that was PC based only and read a flat file for
its input.  It was quite simple.  You are writing in RPG IV with a couple
of new opcodes to handle the GUI stuff.  I like it for that reason. I did not
have to learn a new language to do GUI...

I personally think it is a great product and will only get better.  Now if 
IBM can market it better and get a bigger user base, it would be that
much better.

--  My two cents worth
------------------------------------------------------
Scott P. Johnson
Programmer/Analyst
Highsmith Inc.
W5527 Hwy 106, PO BOX 800
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0800
TEL:  920-563-9571                FAX:  920-563-7395
sjohnson@highsmith.com
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From:   boothm@ibm.net[SMTP:boothm@ibm.net]
Sent:   Tuesday, September 16, 1997 9:08 PM
To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject:        re: VaRPG

Someone just mentioned VisualAge RPG. What do you guys think of it?  

I played around with it for a bit but couldn't get a client to turn on
their AS/400 side so I never really got a good look at it.  But I wondered
why I couldn't use it to write RPG code on a PC, to run against PC data
files.  The graphics and the layout was really good to use and the samples
seemed complete to me.  

We all realize that users are going to be operating off from mousable
screens before long, so we better find a way to get past screen-scraping,
or learn NT.
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Booth Martin       Contract Programming, Inc.
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