• Subject: Re: DOW & DOU
  • From: DAsmussen <DAsmussen@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 16:54:59 EDT


In a message dated 98-05-11 10:33:10 EDT, you write:

> As you know I am relatively new to the AS400.  But I can tell you the first 
>  time I used an IP (Input Primary) at my current site, you would have 
>  thought I was the anti-Christ!  I was condemned as an heretic, and told 
>  never to use the RPG cycle again.  I would also like to be led by some of 
>  the bright people on this list.  I think you should use WHATEVER works the 
>  best... namely... RPGII had neat level break opportunities, as well as the 
>  Primary file process technique, wheras the Combined Full method of program 
>  screen handling of RPGIII and later is a perfect manner for screen 
>  handling.  As you are, Booth, count me slightly confused on this issue. 
>   Someone give us the dope!

I _LIKE_ using the cycle in RPGIII for reports and "quick fixes" for two
reasons.  Number one, "newbies" go nuts trying to figure out where you're
reading the data and they're fun to watch.  Two, IP automatically performs
record blocking without an OVRDBF so it runs faster than an equivalent DOW
with priming read.  BTW, you can still do level breaks and -- GASP! --
matching records in RPGIII by coding the appropriate column in an "I" spec for
an externally defined file by the record format name, and _DON'T_ have to
include the "From/To" values for field positions.


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"I think of life as a good book.  The further you get into it, the more it
makes sense." -- Harold S. Kushner
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