• Subject: Re: An odd thing
  • From: Chris Rehm <Mr.AS400@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 17:56:34 PDT

** Reply to note from Jon Paris <paris@ca.ibm.com> Mon, 15 Dec 1997 10:35:06 

> As I said earlier - no one is suggesting that ths customer _use_ Cobol.  The
> customer would be using VA Generator, which just happens to generate Cobol on
> the AS/400.
> To put it another way - would you suggest that any customer wishing to use RPG
> should have MI  (RPG III) or W-code (RPG IV) programmers on staff before they
> could use the RPG compiler?  Of course not.
> If we're going to discuss this issue, the comparison should be to Synon 2E or
> Obsydian, Lansa, Magic, etc. etc.

Jon, from you comments my guess is that any user customizing is done in the
4GL, is that correct?

If so, I guess the difference is that VA RPG doesn't do near as much work
for you as VA Generator. Otherwise, the trade off would be that employees
must learn to use the 4GL. 

I've got to go on assumption here, so if you would please elaborate I'd
appreciate it. 

I don't think that any development tool does all the work for you, but VA
RPG is more like a shell generator and VA Generator is an application
generator. (Unless VA RPG has grown a lot since I last used it).

So, the advantage of VA Generator is the for the cost of learning the 4GL,
most of the development work will be done for you. Sounds good. If, in fact,
the developer need not ever touch the COBOL code (as they will be
customizing in the 4GL).

Who wrote Generator? I have always seen it as a front end development tool
for hosts. 

> Jon Paris - AS/400 AD Market Support - paris@ca.ibm.com

Chris Rehm

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