I'm loving the new changes to RPGLE with IBM i 7.1 TR7 (that is Technology Release 7). Not to be confused with the awesome Triumph TR7, the sexy pop-up headlight car from the eighties, but I digress...
- Removal of many unnecessary specifications like F, or P
- /free /endfree is gone
- the long procedure and variable names are gone and replaced by dcl-pr instead
Looking at RPG code in the editor, and it actually looks like a modern language *shock*
IBM, quite predictably, is pushing the use of Rational Developer for i (RDi) as all the new coding functions are not available from SEU, PDM or SDA etc. Green screen is dying, get with the program. RDi (Rational Developer for IBM i) is supposedly solid and has been rewritten from the ground up to be smooth and error free. IMHO - it needs to be $free to be an explosive success. Can you hear me IBM?
Rational Developer for i V9: RPG & Cobol Tools + Modernization Tools + Java Tools