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  What I Hate About Your Programming Language
Subject:   What I hate about RPG
Date:   2003-05-13 20:52:20
From:   anonymous2
Having only 512 byte 'Session' area...
Having only 6 character Database Field references...
Having to chain several RPG programs together with CL/400...
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  • What I hate about RPG
    2003-05-14 01:51:10  anonymous2 [View]

    You meant in RPGII and RPGIII.
    In the current version of RPGIV you can have much longer variable names,you certainly don't need CL 'to chain programs together.'

    The best thing about RPG is that it runs on an iSeries with OS/400- it benefits from a rich environment. I don't think there are many banks that run on PERL, or C, C++ or any of the others mentioned. Thank f^%&^%.
    • What I hate about RPG
      2003-05-14 07:05:28  anonymous2 [View]

      We've got Java 1.4 running on our iSeries with OS/400 here...we're an insurance company.
  • What I hate about RPG
    2003-05-14 03:55:26  anonymous2 [View]

    Everything about RPG is wrong - and I had to use it for 8 years. Please lets not go there
  • What I hate about RPG
    2003-05-14 07:47:14  anonymous2 [View]

    I REALLY DONT NDRSTD PEOPLE WHO FIND IT DFFCLT TO EXPRSS THMSLF GIVEN CNSTRT OF SIX LETTRS. ANY DECENT RPG PRGRMR QUIKLY LEARNS HOW TO ABBRVT WTHOUT LOSING MEANNG. MY FIRST RPG INSTRC EXPLND THE FIRST DAY THAT RPG PRGRMS ARE SELF DCMTNG, AND MY YEARS OF RPG PRGMNG SUPPRT THAT CLAIM. THE SYS36 APRCHD PRFCTN! ANY PRGRMR WHO NEVER PRGRMD IN RPG IS NO PRGRMR AT ALL. WHO NEEDS RECRSN? WHO NEEDS LONG VARIBL NAMES? WHO NEEDS REUSBL CODE? IN RPG, WE GET INDCTR -- AND NOT JUST ONE, BUT NINTY9. IN RPG, WE GET LEVEL BREAKS -- AND WE GET TEN OF THOSE. WE GET PRIMRY AND SCNDRY FILES. BRNCHG BASED ON CALC SPEC RESULT INDCTR -- THATS REAL PRGMNG. FIELD LEVEL INDCTR ON THE INPUT SPEC -- THATS REAL PRGMNG. OH HOW I MISS THE BEAUTY OF RPG!

    ...about as much as I miss a festering wound...
  • What I hate about RPG
    2003-05-14 09:41:22  anonymous2 [View]

    Worst thing about RPG is the programmers that refuse to use any feature added to the language in the last 10 years.

    You end up with monolithic programs that go on forever, all variables global, column based syntax that prevents indenting nested code (the free form syntax is just to radical).

    Are real mess...
  • What I hate about RPG
    2003-05-14 15:38:42  anonymous2 [View]

    I hate RPG because it lets me access the database with incredible ease and allows me to generate cost effective code and allows me to generate cost effective code again and again.
    I hate RPG because it helps me to think in processes and transactions.
    I hate RPG because I can't talk for hours with my 'C' colleagues about 'performance' and how to squeeze another cycle.

    (My last project was in C and I have had somuch fun hearing the buzzword 'performance' cut off all the corners for this project. Nothing is good except C. Please take me away from these 'performance queens'; they have twenty years of experience in C - and vanity. The project is not on time, doesn't deliver what was promised and will eventually be a write-off. In other words; just as people can have a licence but cannot drive so people can be experienced programmers in C (or else) and ... So does the type of language actually has anything to do with 'it' in a greater scope)

    A language just expresses a solution, it isn't one.
    I like Pascal, REXX, COBOL, RPG and C and probably any other one I will learn.