RE:     RE: IBM pushing Java

>From: Joel Fritz <>
>At a COMMON workshop on JAVA, George Farr, who works on RPG for IBM,
>mentioned as an aside something to the effect that RPG would be around until
>at least 2015.

What George meant was that millions of lines of existing code 
will not disappear over night.  Anyone who has just gone thru the Y2K 
conversion will tell you how long some programs hang around.

Is Java going to replace RPG?   I doubt any major software vendor is 
writing any major system in RPG.  (BTW I'm an 18 year RPG vet)  

Is IBM dropping support or enhancements?  Are you nuts?  It is still being
enhanced. Yes.  If you caught George's session( I was in the front row) you
know some of the future enhancements we'll be seeing.  
But what else can they do to the language to enhance it futher?
Within the frameworks of how RPG works that is.  

Is DDS being enhanced?  No.  Is CL being enhanced? No (not in the last 
20 years AMOF) 

If you're not using the new functions of the RPGIV language(built-in's 
using API's,  Procedures, etc) and are still only using RPGIII
I for the life of me don't know why.   If you're an RPG person
You should learn Functions, Built-ins, Procedures, API calls, etc.
It will help you make the mental upgrade needed for Java or anything

Learn Java?,  Yes.  You WILL be buying packages written in it soon. 
So it will be on your box.   

How are you going to make the transition is the question.
(Hopefully Java will be able to print a report by then)

John Carr
Have Classes,  Will Travel
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