Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 10:28:12 -0600
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From: Doug Quale <qualed@MAIL.STATE.WI.US>
Organization: State of Wisconsin
Subject: Re: Why REXX is not my favorite scripting language (was Re:
regular expression matching)
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Mark Schlegel wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> : >not a part of standard REXX, since it is an abomination.) REXX has no
> : >facilities for formatted I/O (akin to printf). This is extraordinarily
> : >abnoxious. The REXX SAY command is almost useless -- it can only write
> : >complete lines (no way to supress the newline!)
> Wrong, you can effectively surpress the NL in rexx by using charout:
> call charout stdout, "what you want to say"
> call charout stdout , " is this"
> would display
> what you want to say is this
Wow, did I really write "abnoxious"? My spelling is getting worse than
Unfortunately charout is not part of REXX, and it isn't available in
REXX/MVS. It is useful to be able to do these things on particular
platforms, but sometimes you really need key features to be part of the
core language or standard libraries.
And, if I correct my spelling, lack of facilities for formatted output
in REXX really is obnoxious.