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FAILURE ANALYSIS ASSOCIATES: LIBRARY OF SYSTEM INTERPRETER EXTENSIONS FOR VM EXTENDS REXX LANGUAGE

FAILURE ANALYSIS ASSOCIATES: LIBRARY OF SYSTEM INTERPRETER EXTENSIONS
 FOR VM EXTENDS REXX LANGUAGE
 MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Failure Analysis Associates Inc. (FaAA) announces the availability of Library of System Interpreter Extensions for VM (FaAA-LSIE/VM), a VM/CMS-based product that extends the widely used REXX programming language with additional functions and input-output routines not intrinsically found in REXX/VM. FaAA-LSIE/VM reduces time and cost of development for many users by decreasing or eliminating their need for two or more different languages, since REXX programmers will need little or no additional help with FORTRAN, COBOL or PL/I. FaAA LSIE/VM input-output routines allow a REXX program to process OS and VSE datasets, including tapes and VSAM files, as well as CMS files. FaAA LSIE/VM provides an assortment of functions which allows a REXX program to perform most mathematical functions commonly found in PL/I and Fortran.
 The product requires no VM modifications and no additional software, and each of its commands and functions has on-line help. In addition, I/O statements are structured to look like other languages' I/O statements.
 FaAA LSIE/VM expands the capabilities of REXX with four key features:
 -- it offers data conversions to and from REXX, COBOL, FORTRAN and PL/I;
 -- it gives REXX the math functions found in PL/I and FORTRAN;
 -- it extends REXX with additional conversion features and information on file status; and
 -- it equips REXX with I/O routines for CMS, OS and VSE data sets.
 Input/Output Routines:
 FaAA LSIE/VM routines offer processing support for OS and VSE datasets, including tape and VSAM files. Used in conjunction with the DMSTVI CMS tape interface, a REXX program can perform OS-style tape processing via a tape management system. Input/output command syntax is designed to look similar to COBOL I/O statements. KSDS, RRDS and ESDS-VSAM files can be processed for both input and output.
 Function Package
 There are three types of functions to choose from:
 -- Data conversion functions for COBOL, PL/I and Fortran internal data types;
 -- Mathematical functions of the type found in Fortran and PL/I, such as square root, trigonometric and logarithmic.
 -- General REXX utility functions for acquiring file information and converting date formats, ASCII and EBCDIC data.
 Introductory pricing for FaAA LSIE/VM is in effect until Oct. 30, 1992, for all CPU groups, starting at $2,205.
 Failure Analysis Associates Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Failure Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FAIL), and is a leading independent consulting firm devoted primarily to the investigation, analysis and prevention of failures of an engineering or scientific nature. Failure Analysis Associates was founded in 1967 and is celebrating its twenty-fifth year. The company has headquarters facilities in Menlo Park and operates offices in the United States, Europe and Canada. Failure Analysis Associates is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol FAIL.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Johnson of Failure Analysis Associates, 415-688-7302/
 (FAIL) CO: Failure Analysis Associates Inc.; The Failure Group Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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