27 Nov 06 15:38
I'm new to VisualAge PL/I but have used PL/I for many years on the mainframe and prefer this language over others. I have a copy of VisualAge Professional PL/I 2.0 (vintage 1997) which I've never used until now. I am only interested in coding PC applications without any connections to a mainframe.
Can anybody tell me how I can update this version to the 2.1 variety or obtain a new version which is reasonably priced?
Can IBM PL/I be used to develop actual windows apps or just apps that run under the DOS box?
Assuming you can write actual windows apps with IBM PL/I is there any library available to produce GUIs or is it just up to the programmer to call the native windows APIs?
Are VSAM capabilities inherent in the product or do you have to use some other access method outside PL/I? If it is what DB does it actually use behind the scenes?
It appears from the website that IBM has combined all PL/I offerings into one for around $3,000 which I can't afford. There used to be several versions available (enterprise, professional, standard, and personal). I think the personal was only $100. Does anybody know where you can buy still buy the standard or personal editions?