Stylistically I have wondered why we ever use Yes/No'; we already have the very clear *on & *off.
We, too. It is very important in a multi-dimensional environment: English (Yes/Y), German (Ja/J), French (Oui/O), Italian (Si/S) ....
*ON/*OFF or 0/1 is international

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From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Booth Martin
Sent: Freitag, 25. Januar 2019 06:54
To: RPG programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Free format question on D specs

Stylistically I have wondered why we ever use Yes/No'; we already have the very clear *on & *off.

Why not a meaningful named indicator for each condition being tested? Something like ItIsReady, WeMayCall, or just Flag1, Flag2,etc.

giving us code like:

if ItIsReady;
ItIsReady = *off;

On 1/24/2019 10:54 PM, Joe Pluta wrote:
Thomas, others have addressed the syntactical part of your question,
but I have a stylistic suggestion. Rather than using variables x_yes
and x_no, I prefer to use constants:

dcl-c C_YES 'Y';
dcl-c C_NO 'N';

My own preference is to uppercase literals and precede them with C_;
that makes it very clear when I use a literal. Then I can write the

if xzstas <> C_YES and xsstas <> C_NO;

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