• Subject: RE: REXX? (was: PL/I Visibility)
  • From: "Kempter, Eric" <EKempter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Nov 97 13:06:00 PST


At one time, a subscriber to this list was hosting a REXX class through   
ZD university.  Does anyone know if that will be offered again?

 -----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-owner [SMTP:midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@mcs.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 1997 9:37 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L
Cc: dr2
Subject: Re: REXX? (was: PL/I Visibility)

Don

At 05:46 PM 11/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
>
>I think so...I'm not a REXX'er...hunt for the CRTREXPGM and see what ya
>get....

Oh, you should be!  :^)

Seriously, REXX is positioned as a substitute/extension of CL. It's
structured and has tremendous text-handling functions. Data typing is
automatic by context, which has its good & bad points, of course. It _is_
ubiquitous on IBM platforms. Associative arrays (indexed by names, not   
just
numbers) are possible=97something like PERL.

You don't create a REXX program. It's actually interpreted, although   
there
is some optimization done if your source member type is REXX=97byte-code   
kin=
d
of thing, I think. You use the STRREXPRC command, or you specify the   
source
member when creating a command, with CPP of *REXX.

I like it. It's the best thing for certain tasks, especially   
text-related.

Long live the KINGG!

Vernon Hamberg
Systems Software Programmer
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 371-1111 x480


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