Every propeller head takes some kind of perverse joy from wiping and reinstalling their Windows Machine. I know I do. After a year of various software installs, un-installs, re-installs, tweaks, hacks, dicking around (that’s a technical term) my Windows machine starts to get twitchy and a little punch drunk. It’s time for a fresh install and

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The State of AS400 iSeries Application Modernization Typically our aging AS400 and Iseries applications are stateful. So, if we are looking at iSeries application modernization, is it a mistake to try and simply modernize beautify them retaining their stateful flow, or should we be looking at refactoring them in a stateless direction? Is it really

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Pattern Recognition: Ease Modern RPG Programming This morning I was reviewing the IBM i Redbook on application modernization, converting this massive PDF into an easy readable TOPIC based format in my AS400 and iSeries modernization course. I found a couple of problems with the internet. Yep, the internet is broken. The ebook has a couple

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AS400 DLS vs. IBM i IFS Do you work at a company that has people using the AS400 DLS? Do you work at a company with techies talking about the iSeries DLS? Do you work at a company that uses the IFS and the DLS? Are you confused about if your business server is an

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What is the Best IBM i RPG Code Editor in 2021 Most people migrated from SEU to RDi (Rational Developer) But there are other code editor choices out there, so let’s have a look at a few different options: What is the best FREE RPG Code Editor? What is the best PREMIUM RPG Editor? What

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Download Install or Upgrade CNX Valence Fresh in my email this morning, I had a notice from the propellor heads at CNX that a new fixpack was released. This includes a number of enhancements that I have requested so I’m intrigued to see it in action. Download the latest Valence 6 maintenance build Valence 6 build

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What are single page subfiles? A single page subfile is a SCREEN OF DISPLAYED DATA, loaded one page at a time. The displayed data is equal to the maximum number of records that can be displayed at a time. In other words, in a single page subfile, all loaded records are displayed at a time.

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Playing with a RPG Subfile Poking around on the filthiest corners of the IBM i Programmers internet this morning, I stumbled across someone else’s sample subfile template for an RPG program. This is quite an old-style RPG program (it looks like it’s from around 2012) but should still work well today. It looks quite nice,

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Free Form RPG ILE Logic Example I was recording a screencast about modernizing some old RPG400 to ILE RPG this morning and had to knock up this little code example showing the difference between legacy RPG400 code and modern RPG ILE code. Note, this is not an example of good code (it’s crappy old RPG

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I read this article (written by Scott Klement) a few years ago and it was a great intro to the principles of using a webservice to read data on another computer in the cloud. Fast forward to this week, and since I’ve just written a webservice control procedure, I was looking for this document to

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Use the Retrieve Job Attribute (RTVJOBA) command to snaffle the job’s run type from the attributes. Seems pretty obvious right? One little niggle was that the RTVJOBA passes back a char(1) value for the jobtype where ‘0’ means batch and ‘1’ means interactive. But, I want to be able to neatly compare a logical value

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Lets start with a reasonably mixed RPGLE code example which is older style column based RPG400 for its variable definitions but then uplifts to RPGLE /FREE for its body code: Step1 – Run code through the Projex4i Code Moderniser. The Upgrade RPG Source command (UPGRPGSRC) will clean our code, converting it to fully /FREEFORMAT ILE

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