Just for the record. I think that are far more important things needed in RPG IV than CF specs. I also think using "CF" just because the prompter already uses "CX" for the EVAL prompt is silly. I have suggested using another character, such as X so that it could be an "X-spec". Let me point out my issues with completely free-format changes to RPG IV. In training programmers in RPG IV I find that they run into one consistent issue: Management limiting their ability to use RPG IV because they (the management) then has to support applications in different languages. In other, because RPG IV is different from RPGIII, people are being restricted from using it. Now, add the X-spec to RPG IV. What happens? You not only have two different languages that management needs talent on, there is a 3rd variation. Hence, they need talent in 3 areas. It is too difficult to fill those voids for various reasons. Using CodeStudio or Code/400, I don't need the extra space to type in a freaking %SUBST or whatever. What I need as an RPG IV programmer, is enhancements to the language feature set and fixes to implementation flaws. I have said this before, I don't know how many comments I get concerning the complexities in coding (for example) an Externally Described Data Structure SUBFIELD. Hans, remember the System/38? Remember the security model? Originally they implemented effectively all the security controls you have today (with some exceptions). It took 6 to 8 years before many S/38 programmers began to understand the security model. There was too much there to understand all at once (back then) so we didn't bother. With Fixed Format RPG III, Fixed Format RPG IV, partial free-format RPG IV we have enough complexity. With the addition (today) of the X-spec, we add one more decision making issue and another layer of complexity. Does this mean that X-specs should never be implemented? Not at all. I just think they are at least 2 to 5 years out, and that implementing new features and functions (such as keywords on the Output spec) are more important than yet another way to do CHECKR. Bob Cozzi www.rpgiv.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This is the RPG/400 Discussion Mailing List! To submit a new * * message, send your mail to "RPG400-L@midrange.com". To unsubscribe * * from this list send email to MAJORDOMO@midrange.com and specify * * 'unsubscribe RPG400-L' in the body of your message. Questions should * * be directed to the list owner / operator: email@example.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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