Monday, July 03, 2006

AS/400

What is an AS/400 you ask? Here's a pretty great Wikipedia article about it. I've worked with one for four years, and had never bothered to see if there was a Wiki article on it until today. Of interest was to learn that OS/400 defines pointers as 128 bit! Can you imagine designing that hardware? Also of interest to me is that the ILE compiler supports a lot more than good 'ol RPG as far as programming languages are concerned. Most of my CS professors won't recognize RPG as a programming lanuage or OS/400 as a system, but thinking about how many people still use the 400 every day to do their business I have to question that line of thinking. No I'm not advocating the 400 for all that needs doing in the business world today, but I am suggesting that there is value there.

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