• Subject: RE: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
  • From: Colin Williams <Williamsc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 15:07:54 -0000

Would I be right in saying that for 99.9% of the people on this list, a
C compiler is just not an option?

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>From: boldt@ca.ibm.com [mailto:boldt@ca.ibm.com]
>Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 1999 1:49 PM
>To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
>Subject: Re: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
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>Jim wrote:
>>I think the problem is, most of us don't have a C compiler on the
>>box.  I know I don't, nor do any of the other 2 AS/400's we're
>>using.  It comes down to you use what you have, whether it's
>>best or not.  If I had a C compiler I would use it.  I don't have it,
>>so I'm not going to.
>
>I've always believed in using the appropriate tool for
>the task at hand.  To me, for most of the reasons people
>use MI, C is the more appropriate tool.
>
>To me, MI is a relic of the S/38 CISC architecture.
>Certainly, at least a few people thought it was a good
>idea at the time (late 1970's), but it has been superceded
>by more current technology.  In the S/38 and CISC AS/400's,
>it was the closest thing we had to an assembler language.
>In the current RISC machines, the "assembly language" is C.
>
>I can certainly understand using MI when C is not available.
>But I just don't want to encourage it.
>
>Cheers!  Hans
>
>Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com
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