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From Greg Stein <gst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: SCons Updates... 2
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:23:16 GMT
Understood. But if you're writing new code (for APR 2.x), then why
wouldn't you develop the codebase in Unicode? "Link with old
libraries" might be an answer, though I'd say "it is outside the scope
of APR to interact with that old library".

Frankly, it would be nice if the APR 2.x API was pure Unicode charset,
encoded as UTF-8 across the board.

I'm not disputing that EBCDIC is still in use (as you eminently point
out). Just that I fail to see it has a strict, useful requirement for
APR 2.x.


On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 14:58, Steve Comstock <steve@trainersfriend.com> wrote:
> Greg,
> I'm just a lurker here, and I am also a mainframe bigot.
> I'd like to point out a few things about IBM mainframes
> and in particular z/OS, then I'll go back to lurking.
> Of course you know modern mainframes have hardware
> instructions that process data in ASCII and Unicode
> (UTF-8, UTF-16, and UTF-32), IEEE binary floating
> point, IEEE decimal floating point, and other
> instructions that can easily convert data between
> little endian and big endian for portability, and
> more.
> You're aware that mainframes can run Linux, either
> natively or under z/VM.
> I'm sure you acknowledge that z/OS still processes
> a huge percent of corporate, customer, and government
> data in the largest organizations.
> Did you know you can run UNIX under z/OS? That z/OS
> comes with a free HTTPD server? That IBM recently
> made available a port of Apache to run under z/OS,
> as a no-charge product? Of course, Java, C, and C++
> are available under z/OS. But even more mundane
> languages such as Assembler, COBOL, and PL/I on
> z/OS support Unicode, XML, and the ability to
> create, say, CGIs. While accessing DB2, a fully
> relational database that also supports Unicode,
> XML, and LOB data objects natively.
> At the same time, code that was written 35 years
> ago continues to run with no recompile or relink.
> Now that's code reuse!
> I find all that pretty impressive. Here's a link to a
> paper on this:
>  http://www.trainersfriend.com/Papers/Future_of_Mainframe.pdf
> or for a list of several papers I've written that are
> mainframe centric:
>  http://www.trainersfriend.com/General_content/Book_site.htm
> But, of course, we're not here to start any relgious wars.
> I'll just go back to lurking now.
> Kind regards,
> -Steve Comstock
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