Speaking of RPG.... was :Re: Is IBM RPG classic?

nico de jong nico at farumdata.dk
Tue Dec 17 07:47:13 CST 2019

Hi all,

This discussion brought up some memories. Until I retired, I was in the 
media conversion business (read : handling media Windows did not 
support). One of my customers was the danish Custom and Tax authority, 
and they had a peculiar problem. They wanted the incoming data to be 
verified before the data was forwarded to the mainframe, so they did not 
have to search through boxes of media when errors were found, in order 
to be able to return the medium to the supplier.

The software used for the conversion, was called 'Intermedia for 
Windows'. Apart from being able to do normal conversions, there was the 
possibility to lead the data through a customer-defined DLL, before 
being written to the ouputfile.

So what I had to do, was to develop a Windows DLL, doing whatever was 
specified by the customer, including writing errorlists, table look-ups 
and other niceties. And as the customer had RPG-II experience in-house, 
the job was clearly defined.

This was accomplished by writing an RPG-II editor, written in Delphi. A 
program would then interprete the RPG-II source, and would then compile 
it into a DLL.

Surprisingly, it worked quite well


On 2019-12-16 15:24, Guy N. via cctalk wrote:
> On Sun, 2019-12-15 at 20:16 -0800, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
>> Dijkstra had clever nasty things to say about many programming languages.
>> I can't find his opinion about RPG.
> Unprintable, even on the interwebs? :-)
> Thanks for all the replies, both humorous and informative.  I'll try to
> find out what version of RPG my friend has the misfortune to be working
> with, and what platform it's on.

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