• Subject: RE: Soapbox: RPG Cycle
  • From: Neil Palmer <npalmer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 16:22:47 -0700

Hey Bruce !  If you like writing your own level breaks why not go the
next step and write your own I/O handlers for the printer file too !
Or just use COBOL  (sorry Jon - couldn't resist !).      :-)


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        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Bruce Guetzkow [SMTP:bguetzkow@highsmith.com]
        Sent:   Wednesday, December 31, 1997 2:25 PM
        To:     'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'
        Subject:        Soapbox:  RPG Cycle


        Well, I hadn't intended to start a riot about the Cycle.  From
the responses received so far, it seems I'm one of the few _not_ using
it (at least on a regular basis).  I learned the cycle in school, and at
my first RPG position (S/36 & RPG II) I started out only using the
cycle.  This is the first time I've heard such vehemence for _not_ using

        Obviously, every language, tool, etc., has it
strengths/weaknesses.  I still use it for the "quick-and-dirty"
fixes/reports, but find structured-code much easier to follow, including
writing my own level breaks, especially for maintenance purposes.  My
arguments won't sway anyone who really wants to use it, nor was that my
intention...if you like it...use it.  I'm just expressing my opinion.

        Now, as I'm about to go home for the rest of the year (gee, I
wish it was January 1 and I was still able to say that!), I'd better
find some ice and bandages to soothe my aching head.    ;-)

        Happy New Year to all, and to all, a Good Cycle!
        Bruce Guetzkow
        Team Coordinator, Applications Development
        Highsmith Inc.

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