A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was asked by the Y2K consultants at
one of his clients about a small program I had written while sub-contracting
for him.  It used RPGIV date handling to reformat numeric dates.  Their
question was pretty much "What is this stuff?"  

I guess the other question you could ask is "What is mainstream.?" 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ed Chabot [mailto:echabot@marlinfirearms.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 1:24 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: RE: Performance Review
> Leif,
> I agree as long as the T.S. programs are written in such a 
> way that they can
> be maintained by the mainstream programming staff.  If they 
> are T.S. because
> you have one programmer that uses techniques or op codes that 
> the rest of
> the staff isn't familiar with, then your whole maintenance 
> argument goes out
> the window.  Not all departments or all programmers can or 
> desire to stay on
> top of the latest techniques and, in some cases, may be more efficient
> writing programs that use older techniques or op codes that they are
> familiar with.  I'm sure we would all like to think that 
> every P/A wants to
> know all the latest techniques and op codes but it's just not 
> real world.
> Ed Chabot
> The Marlin Firearms Company
> 100 Kenna Drive
> North Haven, CT 06473
> (203)985-3254
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