In the population of RPG programmers, I perceive trends that, if not actually steps backward, are akin to jogging in place. One practice that's going strong is the attempt to use RPG to do, well, everything. With API calls here, C function invocations there, some bubble gum, and some bailing wire, RPG does it all! Wow, what a waste. If that time, effort, and creativity were applied to solving a business problem instead of writing, say, TCP socket utilities and a parser for HTTP, think how ...

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