• Subject: RE: IBM pushing Java
  • From: Roger Boucher <RBoucher@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 10:03:11 -0800

I imagine many others, including myself, are also in this position.  I
would love to learn RPGIV.  We have purchased some computer based
training, and it will sit on the side of my desk near the pile of
projects that have no chance of ever getting started.  But it does seem
to be approaching a point where I better catch up or get left behind?
Soon this is how my weekends will likely be spent.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Teff [mailto:jteff19@idt.net]
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 1999 8:49 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Re: IBM pushing Java


>>NOBODY will even notice.  We did this one program at a time, etc.
>>Now EVERYthing we touch is RPGIV,   

>For the same reason we're not using RPGIV, like I said before, the
>applications we support are written in RPGIII.  Just to clarify, we do
>very little from the ground up development.  90% of what we do is
>modify, enhance, and fix applications that were bought from vendors.
>Modifications we do we have to support ourselves, but when there is a
>problem with code that has not been modified then the vendor has to
>fix it.  Run the applications through an RPGIV converter?  Yikes!
>Then the vendor would cut us loose completely.  Not a good idea.
>But all of this will be moot in less than a year, when our primary
>vendor introduces RPGIV code into the next release.  At that time we
>will get RPGIV training and will then be able to use it.   I just
>wanted to explain why we are not using RPGIV yet.


This is a situation that I have been in before. Every time you get a
release of the software, you must apply your customizations to the
new version. If there was a tool that would take the RPG IV and
convert it back to RPG III so you could compare it to the vendor's
new code... This can make switching to RPG IV unreasonable. I
can appreciate the predicament that Terry is in. I am huge fan of
RPG IV, but would take the same position as Terry does for  their
situation.

Joe Teff

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