Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 09:23:32 -0600
Reply-To: "Gerard T. Pauline" <gpauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
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From: "Gerard T. Pauline" <gpauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
Organization: Pace University
Subject: Re: Calculation Precision Limits
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I agree with you about REXX ! Also, there has been a PERL
implementation for MVS for a while.
Gerard T. Pauline
Mgr, Internet/DB Applications
Computer Systems, DoIT
Jack Hamilton wrote:
> "Tim CHURCHES" <TCHUR@DOH.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU> wrote:
> >Other languages generally use
> >the same 8 byte floating point representation, so there is probably no advantage swapping
> >to another language unless you use a special extended precision maths library (available on
> >many platforms). Probably the easiest solution is to use the extended precision
> >floating point maths module which is included in most standard Perl distributions.
> Easier still would be to use REXX (available in a freeware version called Regina;
> it's included on one of the Windows NT disks, and I've seen it for Unix boxes).
> The syntax of SAS is much closer to REXX than it is to Perl, so the learning
> curve should be shorter.
> Advantages of REXX: Has an easier syntax if you're not a C programmer; it's an
> ANSI standard language; powerful and simple parsing capabilities if you don't
> require regular expression processing. Advantages of Perl: More widely used
> outside of IBM mainframes, regular expression processing.
> Development Manager, Technical Group
> METRICS Department, First Health
> West Sacramento, California USA