Date:   12/9/97  4:42 PM

RE:     An odd thing

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>Now, the customer has no COBOL programmers on site. They do have a couple of
>RPG guys. They already have RPG and C both licensed on the AS/400. 
>
>I would think that having opted to not redevelop in Java in order to
>accomodate their existing customer base that RPG would have been a natural
>choice. ILE RPG, RPG IV, VisualAge RPG. Quite a bit of tools lying around to
>make use of RPG skill sets. 
>
>But, maybe this consulting firm (a national one) knows something I don't.
>Anybody got some idea what I am missing on this one?
>Chris Rehm
>Mr.AS400@ibm.net

Hmmm..   National firm,  Recommends COBOL.... Hmmm
I wonder if they have a bunch of COBOL programmers??  
Hmm.  
I remember doing some work for a firm that had a big national firm
write alot of the firms early stuff.   I remember the ugly
10,000+ line programs now.  The one odd thing that I noticed (being an
RPG programmer) was at the top of the calc's  was always a comment line
that said;  " Initialize Working Storage"    I always wondered where 
an RPG programmer would pick up that term.  Hmm

Hmm COBOL huh?  Hmm.

Ya know it's a big language on the AS/400.  At least 8% of the installed 
base.
John Carr
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