I switched to REXX a few years ago to have access to this kind of
functionality.  It was easy to learn, very similar to CL, but much more
powerful.  I really like what can be done with string manipulation in

Jeff Green
ERP Manager
Metal Sales Manufacturing
7800 State Route 60
Sellersburg, IN 47172
(812) 218-7349

-----Original Message-----
From: jt [mailto:jt@xxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:06 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: Scoop on v5r3 CL enhancements

Hard ta-tell.  Likely "throwing the dogs a bone", or a "fop".
Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to the article and Part 2, that's a
fer-sure!!  (As well as 530.)

I guess I've had better luck with CL knowledge in shops, but have heard
stories.  Not sure how or why you would NOT want a huge expertise in CL,
in any shop.

| -----Original Message----- [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On 
| Behalf Of Jeff Bull

| I've done bucket loads of CL programming over the years, and had to 
| reproduce this kind of function with IFs and GOTOs.
| I wish I'd had these new commands years ago, life would have been so 
| much easier.
| 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'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.

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