Some thoughts

LIKEREC requires you to have an F-spec in the program for the file. This is fine if you are doing native IO - I like using these kinds of DS for host structures in SQL, also. In that case, I don't really want an F-spec whose only purpose is to bring the format definition into the program.

LIKEREC is nice because it is automatically QUALIFIED - one must remember to add QUALIFIED to EXTNAME.

I see that from 7.1, at least, one can specify an F-spec as a TEMPLATE, so that the specs are used only at compile-time - that'd let us use LIKEREC more, seems to me. Have to try it sometime soon!


On 6/24/2015 1:33 PM, Gary Thompson wrote:
We have a mix of EXTNAME and LIKEREC in our inventory.
Currently I prefer LIKEREC because there seem to be fewer ways to code it.
Any advice as to which to use and why ?

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