• Subject: Re: Why not use VA/RPG
  • From: "Scott P. Johnson" <sjohnson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 07:13:01 -0600


We have not only tried, we have done it!  To me it is the next
logical step to take after learning RPG IV.  It is a natural
progression for a RPG programmer.  It will also give the RPG
programmer a way to learn JAVA.

We currently have a few apps in production.  The biggest one
is the app we use to track in-house training.  I have lost
count but it encompasses some 50+ files, 20+ VARPG components,
and about 10+ AS/400 programs.  And it is still not fully complete.
The one that gets used the most is the app that is a front-end to
our credit card software.  We also have a couple more small ones.
One that even uses graphs.

Like anything else, it does have its bumps in the road.  The
people at IBM that work on VARPG are a great bunch of people.
They are more then willing to answer you questions.  The best
place to 'talk' to them is the ibm.software.varpg newsgroups
on IBM's news.software.ibm.com news server.

--  Enjoy
Scott P. Johnson
Microcomputer Development Specialist
IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 RPG Programmer
Highsmith Inc.
W5527 Hwy 106, PO BOX 800
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0800
TEL:  920-563-9571                FAX:  920-563-7395
Joe Teff wrote:
> I sat down this weekend and learned VisualAge for RPG using "VisualAge
> for RPG by example" written by Bryan Meyers and Jef Sutherland. While
> I'm not an expert after one weekend by any means, I don't see any reason
> why I could not write an application using this. I used the straight
> TCP/IP option through the Internet to access an AS/400. I'm interested
> in hearing from people who have tried VA/RPG, especially those that have
> tried to roll out real applications.
> (I posted to both midrange-l and rpg400-l as I'm not sure which list
> would be better for this question).
> Joe Teff
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