• Subject: RE: Code/400
  • From: "David Morris" <dmorris@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 08:42:04 -0600

Rob,

I'd go with option e, 5 or 6 even more bizarre conspiracy theories. 
The dearth of new commands is fine with me though, it provides 
something fun to work on.

My experience has been that the people who spend the majority 
of their time writing programs use Code/400 90%+ of the time. The 
ones who use it less are the people who make a few minor code 
changes each week and spend most of their time supporting users 
and answering phones.

There is a multi-member search in Code/400.  It uses FNDSTRPDM 
under the covers.  It brings up hits in a separate window where you 
can click on a line that contains the text being searched for and you 
are sent directly to that line of source.  It runs much faster than 25 F13 
because it runs as one command, although you could get the same 
performance using in PDM if you keyed in FNDSTRPDM and filled 
in the prompt.

The CL prompting is not ideal, but I only edit CL about 5% of the time.  
I think what they have is a reasonable compromise.  But I don't usually 
prompt CL, even in SEU, because of the way it re-parses the line.

David Morris

>>> Rob Berendt <rob@dekko.com> 06/30/99 01:25PM >>>
I am glad to see that the initial discussion has generated some 
interest in Code/400.  I'll probably be taking another look at that 
shortly.  I just returned from the IBM AS/400 technical Conference 
in Las Vegas and it looked pretty good.  Last tech conf I went to, 
it still only ran on OS/too and the computer locked up during the demo.

It does concern me that, even among people that use it alot they 
say they only use it for 10% of their development because of the 
overhead.

Should some of this discussion be moved to midrange-l, an existing 
code/400 discussion somewhere else, or a new discussion on midrange.com?  
Although the initial discussion generated a lot of interest.

I've heard some people say that it lacks many features of PDM, such 
as option 25-F13 to search multiple members and the ilk.

I've heard that if you come from a SEU background you can turn on the 
area to the left to act like SEU.

It amazes me that after being out here for years that it still does 
not have prompting for CL commands.  Perhaps it needs an online editing 
mode.

You don't suppose they would not support CL commands in RPG because 
Code/400 doesn't support command prompting?

I've noticed a definite lack of new commands lately.  API's are okay, 
but front ended with a command can be much more productive.  Is this 
because:
        a:  OUTPUT(*) - IBM wishes to force us to GUI
        b:  Commands are so elegant to use from a green screen versus a CALL 
            with a bunch of hexadecimal values (like starting Net server) that 
            they might slow you down from going GUI
        c:  Code/400 doesn't support prompting for them
        d:  IBM developers are used to Code/400 and Op Nav and have forgetten 
            what a command line is.
        e:  5 or 6 even more bizarre conspiracy theories


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