• Subject: Re: New RPGIV functionality
  • From: dhandy@xxxxxxxxxxx (Douglas Handy)
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 14:22:35 GMT

Hans,

>You've had the ability for years.  They're called procedures.

I've said numerous times that (IMHO) subprocedures are the single best
enhancement to the language yet.  I love them, and have written
service programs with lots of different routines for string handling,
date handling, etc.

But I'm inhibited from writing many of the routines I would like by
not having operational descriptors for numeric fields.  As David
Morris likes to point out, if we had these we could do lots of things
we can't now.

I realize that this isn't a Torronto issue and is out of your control.
Too bad we don't have people from Rochester which are as receptive and
helpful as you and Barbara, et al.

For V3R2 systems where I can't use %Edit() etc, I would dearly love to
code my own generic replacements.  And I do have routines which use
QECCVTEC and QECEDT etc, but they are less generic than I would like.

But I don't want this to sound like a complaint (except maybe of
Rochester :).  I am *very* glad CISC systems didn't stop at V3R1 where
they didn't have subprocedure support!

Keep up the great work, Hans!

Doug
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