Hi Jeff,

> What I don't understand, is why the new functionality? or why now.  The
> emphasis from IBM over the last few years has been to usher us away from RPG
> and CL and toward java and stuff.

I don't know about that... there's been TONS of new functionality added to
RPG over the last few years...

However, this is the first significant change to CL (that I can think of)
since V3R1.  And this change is adding features that have existed for a
long time everywhere else.

> I'm sure these new functions will be welcomed by some developers, but I
> can't believe that too many people are programming in CL any more.
> Wherever I go in my job, knowledge of CL (and even OS/400) tends to be
> low to non-existent.

Really?  What are programmers using instead of CL?  QShell?  It seems
unusual that people are using QShell in my experience.   Or are they just
doing everything in their HLL?  My experience has shown me that only the
more advanced people (such as those on these lists) are doing that, and
not even all of them.



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