In a message dated 3/17/2004 8:30:34 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes: 
> But a question arises - can programs created at V5R3 run at earlier 
> releases (I suppose back to V5R1)? Probably not, but it'd be cool if they 
> could.
3 cheers to the folks that think APIs make a good toy box but not necessarily 
a good tool box. There are obviously good solid APIs but there is also a lot 
more that are mere ego trips. I reminder of the PL/1 language. It was good, 
too good and went into disuse because it was too difficult to get off the 
for the everyday folks. I am also reminded that a study done for Admiral 
Grace Hopper show that 94% of all the code that was generated for the Navy up 
about 1970 used only 10 of the 600 plus instructions on the s/360. We now run 
on RISC machines because they could be made to run faster and more reliably 
then they older CISC predecessors.

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