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>
> 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
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