Hi Dave,

I feel your pain.

A number of programming languages suggest that for constants to use all upper case (and from what I've seen, have words separated by underscores).
gCUSTOMER_TYPE_TEACHER looks like a great constant name to me. At my shop we don't do anything to identify a constant as local or global.

Sometimes you need to find a level of compromise with people who don't want to change. Sometimes it takes little steps for people to change.
For instance, instead of:
You could ask try and see if the following would be acceptable:

One thing I'll note, is that you don't need the CONST() in the definition of a constant.

For example, instead of this:
You could code it as:
D gA C 'A'

-Kurt Anderson

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:43 AM
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Subject: standards for coding constants

Here's an example of our shop's RPG code :

IF wCstTy = 'TEA' ;

Means if the customer type indicates a teacher. Cst for customer, Ty for type, w for local variable.

I would write this way, using a globally defined constant :


I proposed that we create a copybook for such constants so that everyone would use the same names and to avoid seeing this kind of thing :


My wish was granted, and a copybook has been created. But now, I can't use the constant in my example above. I now have to write :

IF wCstTy = gCSTTY_TEA ;

I feel like I'm bashing my head against a brick wall.

Any comments to make me see the error of my ways would be more than welcome.
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