After having closed my laptop and driven to work I would now like to retract my previous post.
My mind works like a silt-filled lake. It takes a while for the water (and my thoughts) to clear.
It also would help if I read your post thoroughly before commenting.

gCUSTOMER_TYPE_TEACHER is much better than gCSTTY_TEA
And 'gA' to represent 'A' is of no value at all.

Paul


Paul Therrien
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Without looking at anyone else's responses I have to say I don't understand what your post is driving at. Do you not like the name of the constant?

Paul

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[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:43 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
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 :



IF wCstTy = gCUSTOMER_TYPE_TEACHER ;



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 :



D gA C CONST('A')



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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