The 400 isn't stuck in the 70's, but we might be. On the other hand, don't knock the RPG cycle hastily--there's nothing better for doing reports, AFAIC, as long as the input file is prepared the way you need it (with OPNQRYF or STRQMQRY to run SQL to an outfile or whatever). Level breaks make for an extremely compact, easy-to-write report program. That's what the 'language' was originally, right, a Report Program Generator, and it does that very well in its original form, the RPG cycle. It's just awfully hard, it seems, to find new programmers who've learned it.

AS I've said before here, use the best tool you know of for the job at hand, and keep learning both new and old stuff.

>We're never going to move the AS/400 up as a serious NT kicker while
>we're stuck in the 1970s.

Vernon Hamberg

The Cycle is a nifty chassis on which to build a program. I used to write COBOL programs using the RPG cycle as my main program logic. (:

New programmers don't learn the cycle because the latest thing is 'do it yourself' logic. Unfortunately, do-it-yourself logic all too often resembles Larry, Moe, and Curley hanging wallpaper.

--Paul E Musselman

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