• Subject: RE: RPG IV and CF-spec "keep it IBM"
  • From: Joel Fritz <JFritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 09:42:13 -0700

Speaking purely selfishly, I would love to have the CF spec right now or
sooner.  As far as convincing IT managers to adopt anything new, I think
most are more concerned that things work smoothly than anything else, and
rightly so.  The motivator to try something new is generally getting
something that either saves money, generates new money, or gratifies an
upper management whim.  I think the best business reason to move to RPGIV is
the date stuff--it really does save time and money.  In some shops you might
be able to make a good case for service programs.  I don't think you could
make a strong cost/benefit case for the CF spec, but I would still love to
have it.  

I am curious what you think should take priority over the CF spec.  I might
want it more.   

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Cozzi [mailto:cozzi@rpgiv.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 8:18 PM
> To: RPG400-L@midrange.com
> Cc: one List
> Subject: RPG IV and CF-spec "keep it IBM"
> Geeze!
********* A few lines removed in order to quote the original posting out of
context. ******************

> Don't get me wrong, I'm prefer natural expression syntax than the
> limitations that traditional RPGII style code provides. But I 
> just don't see
> how supporting:
>  and
> RPG IV with CF-spec
> is going to encourage IT Managers to supporting moving to RPG IV.
> So I ask you, if you do NOT care if the CF-spec every sees 
> the light of day,
> or DON'T want the CF-spec, to voice your opinion now.
> I feel we need an architecture for RPG. We need many poorly designed
> features corrected, we need consistent designs and several 
> new features
> before we effectively turn RPG IV into CL II.
> Let me know what you think.
> Bob Cozzi

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