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  What I Hate About Your Programming Language
Subject:   What I hate about RPG
Date:   2003-05-14 07:47:14
From:   anonymous2
Response to: What I hate about RPG

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...