• Subject: Re: Coding standards ( Was: An odd thing)
  • From: Richard Baird <rbbaird@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 16:12:50 -0500
  • Organization: Premium Systems, Inc.

Kempter, Eric wrote:
> 
> Free format code can be as unreadable as fixed format code, however, this
> is why good programming shops have programming standards.  In C, you can
> write an entire program in one very complex line of code but how many IS
> managers would allow for that?  Free format does not have to equate to
> unreadable code.
> 

does fixed format code equate to unreadable code?.

RPG/free was introduced as a shareware product several years ago, and
nobody (hardly) used it.  Do you really think anyone would change their
minds if IBM came out with their own flavor?

I personally like being able to scan source for a field name in pos 43
(or 50 for RPGIV) to see where it's changed.  

It really depends on what you're used to.  

You may not like the first Old Milwaukee you drink, but if you keep
drinking it, you get used to it.

(I'm used to Bass Pale Ale these days :)

regards,

rick
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