• Subject: RE: Have you read this?
  • From: "Schenck, Don" <Don.Schenck@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 13:46:34 -0500

Martin --

How about doing the AS/400 programming in one of the most popular languages
on the planet. A language supported by THOUSANDS of books and many
periodicals. An easy-to-learn language that allows you to use procedure or
object-oriented approaches to the problem.

A visual language.

But basic in its difficulty.


And then use, say, a graphical reporting tool for reports. Something that
makes it crystal clear to the user as to what will be seen.

Run everything in Windows; use the AS/400 as the database server. The
"Server Of Choice".




-- Don

-----Original Message-----
From: boothm@earth.goddard.edu [mailto:boothm@earth.goddard.edu]
Sent: January 11, 2000 12:01 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Have you read this?

Yesterday I got caught with a sudden need to upload a PC csv file to an 
AS/400.  I've never done that, and had visions of a messy crash & burn. 

I used the new Client Access Express.  I've never done the transfer up 
before, and there wasn't a Physical File on the AS/400.  I had the 
transfer finished in about 15 minutes.   My reaction is that IBM is making 
the AS/400 modern and competitive and doing it quickly.

About RPG: sure its old but it's original appeal of being learnable by 
average mortals is still a great strength.  We need to carry that banner.  
C, Java, C++, PERL, SQL  and so on are all OK for what they do, but for a 
business oriented report program generating language, RPG is still the 
best by far.
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