Why do we need C on the AS/400?  Because there is a LOT of 
software in the world that is written in C.  Good, Bad or 
indifferent, C is much more common than PL1 or even RPG.

Having C on the AS/400 means I can easily take something written 
for the Unix or WinNT world in C and port it to the AS/400.  At 
least the logic part.  Granted, "easily" is a relative term.  In 
this case, it means "a whole lot simpler than translating the C 
into RPG or C".

Regards,
Bob Crothers
Cornerstone Communications




-----Original Message-----
From:   Don [SMTP:dr2@access.digex.net]
Sent:   Monday, December 29, 1997 9:16 PM
To:     Walden Leverich
Cc:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject:        RE: PL/I on V4R1?


> (usages) and REWROTE the feature in PL/I in 5.1. The 
performance of the C
> programs was horrible compared to what they could do in PL/I. 
I'm not saying
> that PL/I is faster than C just reporting what happened.

Well, as everyone knows, the performance isn't really in the 
SOURCE it's
in the OBJECT!  That means the efficiency, or lack there of, is 
a COMPILER
DESIGN issue...always has been...always will be...  Which brings 
me back
to the real original LACK OF A NEED for C....or Pascal...Both of 
which
came WELL AFTER PL/I....  Why do we keep allowing the wheel to 
be
reinvented all the time?

Sorry, I'm still a PL/I'er at heart...:)  It's been a while, but 
it's
still a damn good language/compiler.

Don in DC metro...

>
>

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