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I think you just hit on the one reason I might add it to the toolbag, quick
edits on primarily CL code, of which I do quite a bit. RDi, unless it's
already open and connected to that system, is usually more work than just
using SEU to make the change and compile/test.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On Wed, Nov 3, 2021 at 10:17 AM Jon Paris <jon.paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It is very much a case of what you are used to I think.

I have been using RDi and other Eclipse based tools for many years. I
find VS Code completely non-intuitive (as indeed I do most MS products to
be honest).

The biggest advantage that I find with VS Code with the IBM i extensions
is speed - I now use it in all cases where I might otherwise have been
tempted to use PDM/SEU rather than power up RDi.

But for any serious development I still go back to RDi because I can't
live without Outline view. The other big advantage to RDi is that I can
drill down through trees or use filters and that can fill the screen if
needed. The VS Code model is far more restrictive and doesn't give me those
same options. It is a great tool and I unhesitatingly recommend it for
shops where RDi's price is a barrier but I don't see myself giving up RDi
for a year or three yet.

Jon Paris

On Nov 3, 2021, at 10:09 AM, Maria Lucia Stoppa <mlstoppa@xxxxxxxxx>

Hi Jim,

I agree with Tim.
Given that I already use VSC for web languages and I usually have an open
5250 session, I found it much easier to use just one editor for all the
languages, instead of switching among many.

Il giorno lun 1 nov 2021 alle ore 20:09 Tim Fathers <tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

In my case I find VS Code a far superior editor to anything Eclipse
especially RDi, and I use it for every other language I develop in.
Unfortunately, the IBM i extension for VS doesn't work properly for
me, it
stopped reporting compilation errors for some reason and I haven't had
to work out why yet.


From: RPG400-L <rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of Jim
Oberholtzer <midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: 01 November 2021 17:54
To: RPG programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <
Subject: Visual Studio vs. RDi.

OK, aside from the cost of RDi (not really that high when you consider
support, etc.) why would I use Visual Studio over RDi? I think VS is
no argument with it. Same with ILEditor. If you have a license for
what's the rationale for using something else?

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


Maria Lucia Stoppa

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