Well stated Gary.
I enjoy your RPG newsletter, however I am still really too busy fighting fires with PC's and
problems, as well converting PRMS to the y2k compliant version...it's really discouraging to
this position...everyone clamoring for Windows and more windows...sometimes it seems I am
the only one in the company who is gung-ho AS/400.
Ever since pc's have inflitrated all the shops I get less and less time to learn AS/400, when
I do get the time i'm too damned burned out to get into it.
I think IBM's Universal Database plans sound very interesting, since I know alot of DB2/400
I could use type of skill on other platforms...like one I could afford at home to work on.
Do you think we will see the day when we have a version of OS/400 on our desktops ? : )
Since I'm having so much trouble even learning more RPG...i'm still totally clueless about
I've looked at it, downloaded the IDE and went through the first exercise...pointing and
clicking and following the instructions is easy enough but Java code looks total greek to
me...may as well
be Chinese or something far as i'm concerned.
I thought programming was supposed to evolve over the years and keep getting easier.
I think i'll stick with RPG...this business isn't even fun anymore like it used to be
you work your *off, you get no respect, and your surrounded by Bill Gate's followers.
Hey IBM ???? Are you listening ?????
Flip burgers ?
Well let me tell ya, flipping burgers might be a helluva lot more fun than i'm having right
IBM has done virtually nothing to improve upon CL programming since OPNQRYF was added
about 10 years ago.
CL is a great language! Anyone ever hear of it ? NO, just us AS/400 geeks...
Well it may be too late to save the 400 at my present shop since the Corporate IT Director
has already forced Winframe on us, then it will be Metaframe and possibly JD Edwards running
Well I noticed all the News/400 guru's saying how bad we needed NT in all those issues i've
paid for over the years...
I've seen NT, I work with NT, ALL I HEAR IS NT
Then you have the managers who think the AS/400 is *when the company hasn't put any new
software on it in 10 years...
I think I need to get a job at $BANK$ : ) I just happen to like manufacturing, so much more
interesting than debits and credits.
I think things may turn around...but things will certainly never be same.
C++, Java, HTML, CGI, Perl, Rexx...
Hey I'm a CL, DDS, RPG guy, not a rocket scientist!
what's with all the semi colons, brackets and paraenthesis in Java ?
THAT's progress ?????
Coulda fooled me...
You guys think i'm worried ?
Listen, I've been doing this stuff for like 12 years in about 5 or 6 different shops...in
I have worked with ONE fabulous AS/400 programmer, and, and, and...
AND THAT'S ABOUT IT
I've been wading through spaghetti my entire career, it's gotten to the point where if you
can spell RPG your my best friend...so your a spaghetti coder...well, okay..at least your
doing it on OS/400...that's a plus...lol
or is it
Y2K is coming, I have software to make compliant, NT is down but that's okay...gives the
users a chance to take a break and chatter about the latest .wav file
Okay...so this is all my fault...i should have chosen some better companies to work for...
Yes that is what I should have done...well maybe it's not too late...
Green screens are so cool though...I will miss them...besides not being a rocket scientist I
no artist either...damn...well maybe there will be some cool *default colors ..lol
What about it IBM ? Can we have some cool *default colors to go with that Java ?
Anyway, thanks for the newsletter Gary...your a genious! Feature some pop-up windows and
presentation type stuff and I'll try and make some time to study it and get it on the box.
Just keep me going for another 10 years or so, so I can get the hell out of this business.
The truth is ... I hate Computers
> > That *DEC(15 5) bug(?) has been in CL since _at least_ V3R0M5. Hard to
> > believe IBM lets it exists without a good reason. Anyone know what that
> > reason might be?
> CL passes parameters by reference, i.e., a pointer containing the address of the space
> allocated to the parameter. The space is allocated by the CALLING program, not the called
> program. Because this allocation occurs in the calling program (in this case the command
> interpreter program), some default attributes (length, etc.) must be established by the
> calling program.
> For numeric parameters, it's 15,5 for character it's 32 bytes.
> Gary Guthrie
> Editor, The RPG Source
> Technical Editor, NEWS/400 magazine