• Subject: Native Files - was "MI" of ILE programs
  • From: John Carr <74711.77@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 22:38:33 -0400



RE:     "MI" of ILE programs

<Snip>

>The most important advantage is that once a compiler has been written to
>one platform, it can easily be ported to others.  For example, the ILE RPG
>compiler was first targetted to the 370 platform to compile SAA RPG code.
>Then, later enhanced to compile RPG IV and retargetted to the AS/400, and
>then as VARPG on the PCs.
>Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, hboldt@vnet.ibm.com

Hey Hans

If VARPG and RPGIV are from the same base complier and since VARPG has 
native file support(being able to read the following C:\MYDIR\MYFILE.DOC) 
in that it can read them as program described data.
 
How hard would it be to "Port" that capability to RPGIV?  I mean 
it would be great to be able to read "Native" files on the AS/400 in the
IFS file system like E:\MYDIR\MYFILE.DOC ,  How about it?

Right now we can't get AS/400 data to a *STMF in the IFS without doing it
manually(File Tranfer via CA/400)  or copy to QDLS then copy to a named
directory/stream file.   Why not just let us "Read & Write" to a named
directory we created on the IFS like VARPG(hence RPGIV compiler)?

Maybe a new runtime parm on via a F-Spec keyword like;
 PATH(E:\MYDIR\MYFILE.DOC)  or PATH(&PATH)  
Where &PATH is passed in to the program?

Its already in the compiler, Right?  (remind George F. of a 
late night disccussion after CUDS)

John  Carr


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