Well, that's just data area-ist. lol. In this case it's all home grown
software and been in use for over 25 years... and it's pretty slick. But
if everyone follows your advice of not using it, they won't have the ooops
of someone writing over the data.

Nothing is absolute. or is it...

No need to apologize. I know where you're coming from. I just never like
to say never... or did I just say never?

On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 3:38 PM Jon Paris <jon.paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

My point about parameters related to the historical reason for the LDA's
existence. I wasn't "using" it at all.

So let's say your menu system has a new entry added to accommodate the new
software you just bought (or inherited via acquisition) but that software
(like a lot of others) thought the LDA was a perfectly good way for it to
store its state information. Oooppppsss.

If your menu system was based on a user space or named data area then that
couldn't happen.

Sorry Brad but I think using the LDA these days is just a really bad idea.

Maybe you just haven't seen as many screw ups caused by it as I have!



On Nov 25, 2019, at 4:27 PM, B Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I think you're thinking of using it the WRONG way since you mention
parameters. I said, "if it fit the job". Parameters, IMHO, the LDA is
NOT
a substitute for.

I haven't found a use for it again since the menu system (which it was
used
to keep track of certain states in the menu system), but I stand by the
fact I would use it if it were a good fit.

On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 3:22 PM Jon Paris <jon.paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

And I'm 100% in disagreement with Brad. LDA is the devil's spawn and
should never be used.

It is an archaic construct from the pre-parameter days and is basically
an
accident waiting to happen as has been demonstrated many times.



On Nov 25, 2019, at 4:10 PM, B Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I personally don't, but where I used to work we used it heavily for our
home-grown menu system. It was the perfect fit for the job.

I wouldn't hesitate to use it again if it fit.


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On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 3:03 PM Rich Loeber <rich@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'm just interested to hear if anyone uses the local data area these
days? I tend to always use a named data area but I have a situation
where it would be helpful to use the local data area, but I'm
wondering
if I would step on someone's toes in the process.

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