Thanks...I've played with REXX, but never did much with it. On Fri, 19 Mar 2004 12:01:50 -0700, "Dave Odom" <Dave.Odom@xxxxxxxxxxxx> said: > Something to consider... > > In addition to what most of the folks said about the power and > flexibility of SQL you can combine it with REXX and get all the > capabilities of SQL with the strength of a programming language that > doesn't have to be compiled but runs very fast none the less. Most of > the IBM mainframe operating systems have used REXX for years with SQL to > do most anything with DB2. In the case of REXX, you can use it with > the native iSeries flat file system or with the true DB2/400 relational > structures. Most folks on the other IBM platforms use REXX to create > simple or complex utilities > > On the iSeries you can also create a command file (QCMDSRC) that calls > your REXX program and invoke the programs like you use CL to call RPG, > except you only have to "compile" the CMD file once, unless you change > the name of your REXX EXEC, and then you can make changes all day long > to your REXX EXEC and quickly test those changes by invoking the CMD > file. Its a very quick and powerful way to create programs. And if > you need to do all kinds of concatenations, string manipulation, matrix > programming and much more, REXX can't be beat. Lastly, the structure > of its programs are free-form, no more worrying about getting the > statement pieces in certain columns. You can create any kind of > program from simple utilities to more complex applications with REXX. > There are a gazillion books out there on how to program in REXX. The > one's from IBM are good, especially if written by Mike Colishaw, the > creator of REXX. > > Hope that opens up a new avenue for you. > > Later, > > Dave Odom > _______________________________________________ > This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing > list > To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx > To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, > visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/midrange-l > or email: MIDRANGE-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx > Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives > at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l. > -- michaelr_41@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx -- http://www.fastmail.fm - Send your email first class
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