• Subject: Re: AS/400 shareware/utilities - was RE: File editor Freeware
  • From: "Joe Teff" <jteff19@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 08:08:35 -0500

>Simple wrappers for API's would be great start.  I've built a dozen or so
>myself and everytime I feel like I must be reinventing the same wheel that
>has probably already been written and tested in a hundred other shops.  If
>they were available in a package or as shareware, it would save everyone a
>great deal of time.
>Maybe someone like Brad could keep them on his page and everyone could
>contribute to it.  I think I've seen him offer that before.  Or, Cozzi has.
>Even if a dozen different SendMessage procedures accumulated there.  They
>would be like VB Tools where you can find forty-seven different listboxes.
>Pick your favorite, why rewrite it?  Why should I have to waste tons of
time
>trying to figure out how to write the best random number generator, it
there
>14 of them to pick from.
>It would seem that after as many years as ILE has been out, there should be
>thousands of useful procedures available by now.  Where are they?

Actually, they are quite a few out there. You just have to know where to
look. I
recently got into some CGI programming using RPG. I used Brad's MC articles
quite a bit. He referenced some procedures he used to wrap APIs. I
downloaded
this code and used his procedures. Along with it came a procedure to convert
an alpha field to a numeric feild. Now it's not a tremendously complicated
peice
of code, on the other hand it is quite handy and I didn't have to re-invent
it. It
would be great if there was a simple catalog that would list (and describe)
all
peices of code available and give a reference to where they are at. I would
love
to sift through all of the sites and compile all of the code in a single
place.
Unfortunately, the time needed would be too great. I've saved all of the
code
peices that have been posted to Dave's lists and still haven't found time to
catalog all of them. Any free time in the near future is going to be spent
on
learning Java (and JavaScript for some web coding).

Joe Teff

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