SHORTCUTS for VS Code for IBM i Recently, I’ve been using the wonderful Visual Studio code editor with CODE 4 IBM i a lot. After ditching IBM RDi, I’ve found myself constantly referring to the VSCODE cheat sheet to learn the many keyboard shortcuts. So, just for my reference (and maybe to help someone else

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One IBM i IDE to Rule them All IBM has released a seemingly innocuous update to IBM Rational Developer for IBM i. The new version, V9.8, is built over the latest version of eclipse and looks and feels the same as the previous (v9.6) version of RDi but is slightly faster. Sadly, it’s also HUGELY

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RPG Subprocedure Tips and Techniques The use of subprocedures in your applications should be on everyone’s “to do” list this year. You don’t need to drop everything and rewrite your applications to take advantage of subprocedures and many other benefits that the Integrated Language Environment (ILE) offers.  However, when writing new applications or performing major

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Restore and Rescope Logical Files When you restore a logical file, the system uses the description for the logical file to establish its relationship with the based-on files. For example, database views or indexes are logical files. You can restore a logical file to a library different than the library for the associated physical file.

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AKA Command Line Access from System Request 3 If you are an IBM I software developer or power user – then that headline will make sense. In fact, I can guarantee that’s the only reason you discovered and are reading this page. System Request 3 makes every RPG programmer twitch 3 fingers ready to reach those

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What is TurnOver? Simply Put – TURNOVER is an IBM i Application that controls the flow of software development from writing code to testing to QA/UAT approval to installing on remote IBM i Systems. It has a long history dating back to the AS/400 and iSeries systems. TURNOVER is Change management for integrated IBM i,

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How do I change an IBM i Webservice from SOAP 1.2 down to SOAP 1.1? And more importantly… Why would I want to do that? A client asked me “Can you change some of our IB i Webservices to use SOAP1.1?” Apparently, some MS Webservers are having problems with SOAP 1.2 when connecting to IBM

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Join me on a mission to connect to a SQL Server database from IBM i This will be a growing blog… I’m going to use this to record a diary of sorts, chronicling my adventures in accessing and reading a Microsoft SQL Database direct from an IBM i application. Apparently, if the bods at Microsoft

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Ever wanted to find your IBM i OS Version in RPG? Following on from this old blog about how to find the OS version from a CL Program (and when I say OLD I mean from back in 2009, when I was still young and crispy.. as opposed to how I am now; old, wrinkled

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RPG Rules – aka – When Rulers helped you program A few years ago, moving house for the umpteenth time, I found my old RPG Ruler from way back in the day. I think this is from the late 1980’s when I was learning to program RPG2 and RPG3 on the first IBM Machine I

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IBM i Housekeeping 101 – Deleting old Journal Receivers Following on from the blog I wrote about “What is an IBM i Journal?” We know that IBM i journals record what happens to files, and we know that this record is kept in these things called journal receivers: Now – since a journal can record

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Email an IBM i File as a CSV Sample IBM-i Control Language Program to take a physical file (aka SQL Table) convert it to a CSV Spreadsheet and email to someone… somewhere.. First let’s create a nice little CMD wrapper to give us a smarter way of calling our CL code: and the executing CL

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