Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sep 13

RPG Evolution, Modernization and Refactoring – Step 4 of 4 – Setting RPG Free

IBM i , Programming , RPG , Webservice

Setting RPG Free Convert RPG from Column to free format So, if we take the code and actually upgrade it to be the current style of RPG/Free we can see all the mainline specs are now written in freeform code style and it looks yummy: h datfmt(*iso) timfmt(*iso) option(*nodebugio) debug //——————————————————————- // system name: fix […]

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Sep 13

RPG Evolution, Modernization and Refactoring – Step 3 of 4 – Paroling RPG4

IBM i , Programming , RPG , Webservice

Upgrade RPG4 to use free-friendly code standards If we were using Rational Developer/i software we could do this automatically. But as a manual process its simple, if a little tedious. Basically when we are going to skim through the code and replace all indicators with the modern and preferred %FOUND BIF technique: H debug ***************************************************************** […]

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Sep 12

Learn to bang a drum like a rockstar

IBM i

OK – So I must admit to being slightly biased as Rob Litten happens to be my cousin but… Rob has grown from the gangly kid that I remember into a quite astounding musician. When he’s not drumming away on any nearby acoustic surface (my granite kitchen has never quite recovered) he is either being […]

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Sep 11

teaching an old dog new tricks – iSeries DEVCON 2009

IBM i

I’m like a big kid and really looking forward to the end of October. But this doesnt involve witches, black cats, badly fitted fancy dress, an orgy of cheap plastic Halloween consumerism not does it involve kids demanding candy under threat of egging your car. It’s the Annual iSeries Developers Convention. October 25th-28, including the […]

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Sep 08

A brief history of the IBM RPG Programming Language

IBM i , AS400 , iSeries , Life , Programming , RPG

RDi 9.6 powered by coffee

So, there I was this morning sipping my cup of rather disgustingly nauseous Pumpkin Flavored Starbucks Coffee… You gotta try these things, because as my grandpa always said “nothing ventured nothing gained” but sadly the Judges awarded the beverage Color-7 Presentation-8 Taste-Yuk!… but I digress… Where was I? Ah yes, the wonderful IBM RPG Programming Language! What does […]

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