EBCDIC (was: Language change proposal)
Sat Nov 1 03:10:41 CET 2003
Eric Merritt wrote:
> EBCDIC is far, far from dead. Its usually only used
> on big iron like a 390 but its still used in the
> midrange realm on the as400s too. I wouldn't mind
> seeing erlang for 400s or 390s. Then you have some of
> the most reliable code running on some of the most
> reliable hardware on the planet.
That's indeed true. AS/400 boxes are known for their rock-solid
hardware. (The software is quite stable as well, though RPG sucks even
when it's stable.)
Having Erlang on these platforms might create a new niche for it.
Erlang's stability claims would certainly ring a bell with those
stability-minded enough to pay the price for an AS/400.
Note that OS/400 (the operating system shipped with AS/400) comes with a
Posix subsystem that actually uses ASCII, so at least for these
machines, no EBCDIC support is required.
I think that the AS/400 also ship with Linux, so it might be that Erlang
is already running on some AS/400 boxes :-)
BTW OS/400, even with a Posix subsystem, is a quite different beast than
Unix. Anybody who uses Erlang on OS/400 should expect to write wrappers
for many OS services.
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