• Subject: Re: Java replacing RPG (was LANSA)
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 20:28:06 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.


With all due respect, gentlemen, your lively banter has reminded be of
the tales of the death of COBOL in the early 70's and the death of RPG
ever since.

Well we still have COBOL, heck we even still have FORTRAN!

What we do have is expanded choices, or maybe better suited tools would
be more appropriate.
Even RPG is losing it's rigid fixed format syntax.  

What's next, sliced bread? ;-)

I concur with you both about the importance of adapting to new options. 
IMHO, it does not need to become an either/or issue.  If it were, there
would only be one choice in existence.  

The choice de jour.

Fortunately we have choices.  Hopefully, JAVA will not splinter into
another C with diminished promise.

Progressive Data Systems, Inc. is just small potatoes, but we understand
why the heavy hitters have not introduced pure JAVA applications:

Time and timing.

PDS spent a chunk of time (not to mention money) in developing an
application suite.  The question we ask ourselves is: When do we shift
to a moving target?  Should we bank our future on an immature

RPG/400 to RPGLE was a no brainer decision.  Just do it.  The rewards
are there.

We ARE moving towards pure JAVA solutions, but JAVA isn't ready to be a
pure solution.  Oh, sure, portions can be pure JAVA, but not the entire
application suite.

In the mean time, it's RPGIV as the core business application solution.

James W. Kilgore

P.S. Hopefully, I jumped in when you were too fatigued to fight back ;-)

Roger Pence wrote:
> >Enough already, we're on the same side I think - just a difference in
> emphasis.
> >Unless you wanna pick a fight ........
> We are indeed (and darn, that isn't as much fun!). I was just in the mood
> start something and draw out other comments.
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