• Subject: RE: Have you read this?
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 12:13:37 -0500

Brad wrote:
>Well, Hans.  If you want it so bad, why don't you help out.  The hardest
>done.  All the other little things aren't so bad.

Well, for a start, I'm working on improving this darn compiler!
Regarding web enablement, we certainly have our sights on that
general area.

>Perl has been around a long time, runs on different platforms, and works
>with different DBs.  The CGI stuff for the AS/400 hasn't.  You're
>Apples to Kiwi fruit.  Also, why don't you show me how "easy" it is in
>to get data from an AS/400 Db.

Someone has to be the first to write a package for that.  Perl
has some interesting features that make DB access easier.  Check
the Perl documentation for "tied hashes".  By "tying" a hash to
a database, you can refer to records in the database as simply
as referring to an element of a hash.

>Or, get the boys at the RPG developement lab
>to make some %bifs for this stuff.

Well, I've pointed this out before:  We could either a) add some
new functions to the language, which you wouldn't get to use
until all of your systems are up to the latest release, or b)
encourage RPG programmers to write procedures to do that stuff,
which would then be available today.  Which would help you get
your work done sooner?

>You're not depressing me, but the AS/400 world has to learn you may have
>do some of the work yourself (the wrappers I have are a darn good start).
>Someone had to write those Perl modules.
>We're not up against anyone on a different architecture and db model.  And
>AS/400 is NOT a PC, and thank God for that.

Cheers! Hans

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com

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