>
> > >I wonder if it would be easier to code the
> > >IFS stuff in C and then make it a bound
> > >procedure for the RPG program?
> >
> > Not everybody has a C compiler on their system, alas.
>
> Not everyone has an RPG compiler, either (I mean isn't it a separate
> option - not included with the base OS/400?).  You have to buy the RPG
> compiler.  Buy a C compiler, too.
>

My company has RPG II, RPG III and RPG IV programs.  Some of the old
programs were originally written for punch cards in the early 70's and are
still doing their job admirably today...

We have over 5,000 RPG programs on the system.  I can't get rid of the RPG
compiler.   The programmers I hire *have* to be trained in RPG.

So, if I have to pay for one or the other, it's gonna be the RPG compiler.

To add to that...  it's much easier to find an experienced RPG programmer
for the AS/400 than it is a C programmer.  To find someone whos
experienced in both?  That'd require either spending a LOT of money on
programmers salaries, or teaching them myself...   and training time is
already a big cost in my dept.


On the other hand, most of the code for my FreeBSD boxes is in C.  So, at
least two of our people need to also be familiar with C...

If the C compiler were free, maybe I could justify it.   Hey James...
when you get a chance, why don't you port GCC to OS/400?  Thanks!




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