Those of you who follow the midrange.com lists probably are aware that I’m not a big fan of application code generators.
This includes (but is not limited to) …
* Case Tools (AS/SET, Synon, etc)
* SQL Pre-processors (RPG SQL, COBOL SQL, etc)
* JSP (to a limited extent)
* Various 3rd party application generators
The reason is simple … the code you write is not the code that executes.
There are a good handful of IBM’ers that take the time to be friends with me despite my sometimes harsh criticisms of their products Such is the case as of late while I was attending an IBM ISV Advisory Council meeting and got flustered over a modified feature being implemented in Java when it could [...]
Aaron Bartell wrote about the new RPG Open Access (RPGOA) feature available for IBM i. The biggest problem with RPGOA is the cost … it’s not included in the base OS or RPG compiler. The cost is $500 – $5000, based on your system tier. As the IBM i community has demonstrated repeatedly … charging extra [...]
I’ve recently been working on an ILE RPG program that needs to read a SQL table that has a VARCHAR column encoded with CCSID 1200 (Unicode). Since RPG doesn’t normally handle Unicode, it takes a little extra effort to process the contents. Here’s a quick example of how you handle this data …