Hear, hear!! ESPECIALLY this part, which is one-a the reasons I went LOOKING for a job on a 38 what?.. 22 years ago: "To me, CL has always been one of OS/400's strengths -- an integrated command language accessing a *rich*, **logical**, *****consistent***** operating system command set." (Emphasis added...;-) It is these (plus decent Help-text) which make CL intuitive. It didn't just happen outta some blind luck. And, again, just ONE-a the reasons I Really Wanted to find work on a 400, but not the only one. (Univac-mini job opportunities being scarce was another, but there were several others.) | -----Original Message----- | [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jim Damato | To me, CL has always been one of OS/400's strengths -- an | integrated command | language accessing a rich, logical, consistent operating system | command set. | CL is often the right tool for the job. I do, however, agree that some | folks abuse CL instead of writing a decent high-level program. RPG is a | high (OK, medium-high) level language once designed around operation of an | ISAM database. Even with its many functional and structural enhancements | writing an RPG program to manipulate the OS can look as nasty as trying to | create complex data structures in CL. | | API's are a mixed bag, for me. Some OS interfaces need the depth | of an API. | Still I'm surprised when an API is produced for something that should have | been built into a nice RTVxxxxxx command (particularly if I can't wait for | the next release of TAATOOLS). OS/400 traditionally provided a simple | interface allowing developers and sys admins to work with the | system through | intuitive commands with built in documentation rather than researching | API's. | | I think that much API programming is better suited to environments without | an integrated command language accessing a rich, logical, consistent | operating system command set | | -Jim
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