• Subject: RE: RPG IV and CF-spec "keep it IBM"
  • From: Chris Bipes <ChrisB@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 13:12:00 -0700

>> What I like the most about RPG over other languages is the fixed format.

>Fine.  But what stops you from continuing to use it even if CF is
released?  Nothing.  So where's the beef?

The Beef is in trying to maintain someone else code who used the CF specs
and went hog wild.  Plus I am a lousy typist, love the prompting of SEU as
well as the online help.  How is that going to work for CFs?

>>I would like to see more %biffs for higher level math functions that can
be found in FORTRAN.

>Two simple choices are the bindable math API's (see OS/400 Integrated
Language Environment CEE APIs manual, SC41-4861) and just prototyping
the C function calls (see C Library Reference, SC09-2119).  Either can
be used readily from V3R7, and should handle most any math you need
including trig, exponents, logs, etc.

Thank you I have explored them, but %biffs are so much easier to use.  Now
that I am learning how to Prototype/translate the "C" into RPG that has
become an option.

>>If you want to see your source indented for loops, ifs, selects, etc.
there are ways to get that with reports, compile listings and perhaps other
interactive editors out there now or in the future.

>Maybe the compiler can have an option to realign CF specs into rigid
columns for people who don't like indented source but are forced into
maintaining a program with CF specs! How about it Hans? :)

That should be a requirement before CFs are introduced.

Christopher K. Bipes            mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com
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