• Subject: Re: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
  • From: dhandy@xxxxxxxxxxx (Douglas Handy)
  • Date: Tue, 09 Nov 1999 12:58:15 -0500

Colin,

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

I doubt it.  This list is skewed towards technical customers, vendors,
and consultants.  They have a higher propensity to have the C compiler
than the average installed base.

And I also would not say it is "just not an option".  If I needed the
C compiler, what I would probably do is sign up for one of the
Internet based timeshare providers.  At $25-30/month, it would be
cheaper than getting a C compiler for my own 400!

Of course if I used it much or considered 100% availability of the
compiler to be mission critical, then I would get the compiler instead
of a timeshare account.  But for low volume C compiles, it seems to me
to be a viable option.  Not that I have tried it.

As I have said, my interest is not in developing applications in MI
(or C for that matter).  My interest is in expanding the
possibiliities of RPG IV, and Barbara has proven on numerous occasions
that being able to imbed MI instructions via prototyping can be
useful, just as I will sometimes use the C library functions when
appropriate.

Doug
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