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From: Jon Paris                                                                
Subject: Native Files                                                          

 >Don't get mad now.  You know I meant that in a nice way.                     

Get mad - me ?!? ..... Get even maybe .. ;-)                                   

 >P.S.    Of course OS/400 should be extended to cover the OVR command         
 >and all the rest. BTW If the ORIGINAL developers of the SYS/38 were doing    
 >the coding, it would have been done that way.   I mean the guys that said    
 >a *FILE is a *FILE!!  It will be treated like an object!!!                   

I think you've just restated my point - the problem is not one that RPG        
can "fix" - In fact I rather suspect that RPG couldn't do it anyway without    
the system supplying at least 90% of the support needed to do the whole job    
in a seamless manner.                                                          

By the way, while I agree that it would be far nicer to have full native       
I/O support, I don't think that it need be as ugly as you make it sound.       
Remember that you can wrap the API calls in your own procedures and provide    
a more natural interface.                                                      

Jon Paris  -  AS/400 AD Market Support  -                   
Dept 723  IBM Canada Lab        T/L 8-778-4019   (416) 448-4019                
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