Medium to Large Scale Python Deployments

Domenic R. Merenda dom at edgereport.put_a_c_o_m_here
Fri Jun 7 22:39:59 CEST 2002


"Simon Brunning" <SBrunning at trisystems.co.uk> wrote in message
news:mailman.1023465334.24936.python-list at python.org...
> Wacky? Hmm, well, it's pretty different to anything else that I've come
> across. Coming from an OS/400 background, Windows and Unix look like
> slightly different flavours of the same thing to me. (What do you mean a
> program is a file? In OS/400, a file is a file and a program is a program,
> dammit, not the same thing at all.)

   Yes, it is different, to say the least.  I enjoy the mixed environment,
though.  When I get sick of staring at a dumb terminal, I can hop over to a
PC and make a connection, turning my PC into a revolutionary, new ... dumb
terminal. :-)

> RPG II? Now that *is* wacky! No structured op-codes at all - you had to do
> everything with IFs and GOTOs. Yuck. I hope that anything new is done in
> RPGIII at least! (We use RPGIV exclusively for new stuff - the free
> formatting rocks. Well, compared to fixed formatting, that is - I still
hate
> semi-colons and braces everywhere.)

   Ok, you want a laugh?  The reason for the RPG II is twofold (no pun).
First, when the system was first begun, RPG II was a newfangled
thingamabobber, and the programmers really wanted to use it.  We have
hand-writted documentation like you wouldn't believe.  Second, we have a
support contract for RPG II which runs out in July of 2004, so management is
convinced it's the safest way for us to go, in case it somehow ... breaks?


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