I think it really depends on what you're trying to do, Bill. RSE is not intended to be used for visual screen or print design. Since the push from IBM is away from green screens, I don't think there are a lot of dollars being spent on that functionality, either. CODE/400 is a much better tool for screen design. As for programming RPG, I won't go into a comparison with vendor products, but here are some fo the benefits of RSE: You can see 40-60 or more lines of code depending on your monitor. You can have multiple windows open simultaneously. Each window can be a different language. The windows are all color coded for the appropriate language. You can cut and paste between windows. You can use ctrl-space to auto-complete things (very helpful in looking up field names!). You have immediate online help in the form of tool tips (great for BIFs), not to mention the full RPG manual. The verify command is very fast, and finds all your errors. Errors can be inserted into the editor at the point they occur. For me, the ability to be able to see a CL, an RPG and a Java routine all up at the same time is crucial to my programming ability. There are other features as well; the debugger kicks butt and the ability to set a service entry point is nothing short of amazing. But once again, it's up to you and to some degree depends on the job you're doing. I still occasionally sneak into PDM for quick changes, especially DDS. PDM is great for user defined commands on multiple members, and is still the better tool for finding strings in files. And even though I prefer CODE over SDA, sometimes SDA is just quicker. That may be because I do very little green screen design. I would say that in general, I've been programming probably 95-98% of the time in RSE (I spend under an hour a week in PDM). Joe
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