• Subject: Re: An odd thing
  • From: Chris Rehm <Mr.AS400@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 06:25:13 PDT

** Reply to note from SCHENCK_DONALD <schencd%AM_LZCH%VASELL@mr.mops.wl.com> 
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 09:22:30 -0500

> Having programmed in RPG II, RPG III, ILE RPG, COBOL, CL, Awk, Visual Basic,
> Delphi, Java, C, SYNON and SQL, I would NEVER pick RPG as my first choice!
>   
> Yuk.

I have programmed in quite a few languages myself. I find nothing wrong with
RPG and haven't yet been asked for something I couldn't do with it. 

When the application server is an AS/400, I think that you need to consider
RPG. Certainly, there are reasons for switching to Java, but Java won't be
released for a few more months and thus really shouldn't be counted on for
several months (probably a year). 

Aside from language bigotry, I can't see any reason to prefer another
language over RPG on an AS/400. ILE is a big boost for RPG, and also a big
departure. 

> When IBM FINALLY sees the light and makes ILE RPG COMPLETELY free-format, THEN
> I'd be inclined to lean that way.

Hmm, I know an excellant programmer who prefers RPG _because_ it is column
oriented. I guess this is a matter of preference.

> -- Don "Quixote" Schenck
 

Chris Rehm
Mr.AS400@ibm.net

How often can you afford to be unexpectedly out of business?
Get an AS/400.
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