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The Six Million Dollar Open


Summary

In the opening to the TV show, Six Million Dollar Man, they promised to rebuild him - better, faster, and stronger. This occasional series, the Six Million Dollar _____ will offer suggestions on how to elevate mvBASIC commands by making them better, faster, and stronger. We have the technology.

Cold Open

Consider the OPEN command:

OPEN 'ACCOUNTS.RECEIVING' TO B ELSE NULL

I hope I don't have to point out why opening a file to a single letter variable is bad. This example gets extra demerits for using a letter that doesn't even appear in the table name. Likewise, using NULL in the ELSE clause will suppress all error reporting. While there are edge cases for doing that, generally we want to know when an OPEN fails. Unfortunately, this command will compile, making your life harder.

Since we can't rebuild and replace the actual OPEN

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