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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It’s time to move MOVE out of old RPG Programs One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made while trying to modernise old RPG code, is simply importing the old code and trying to take the whole thing as one lump upgrade to modern RPG ILE. Hindsight is 2020, and something I’ve learned from the many

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Serve JSON Web Services with RPG and YAJL aka — Access data running on other computers with REST and JSON This is a ressurection of an old article which was lost from the internet when iPro Developer died. Luckily I found an old PDF printout and dutifully copy/pastedf all the text. Thanks to Scott Klement

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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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Do Loops in RPG Whenever I find myself editing some old RPG3 or RPG400 code, I try to spend a coffee* cleaning the code up to a more modern and readable form. * A ‘coffee’ is the amount of time it takes to drink a regular cup of brew. This is slightly shorter than the

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Now that’s a mouthful! So, I’ve been asked to install the latest July 2019 version of Lansa Axes (v4.2.0) for a client. Axes is a web application, running on your IBM i Server, which will replace old traditional green-screen 5250 terminal screens like this: to this: Remove any previous versions of LANSA AXES GO LICPGM

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So, I just did an upgrade of the BCD Software GUI Client (now owned by Fresche Legacy by the way) for a client. This upgraded their older version of Presto to PRESTO 8.1 Server. This also comes with a new Presto Client and Screen Designer adding some nice new tweaks. Compulsive Library Naming Tendencies The

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If there was a quick and easy solution to “how to quickly become a productive RPG IV and ILE programmer” then all of us old AS400, iSeries and IBM I developers would have gobbled up that solution in double quick time. But Wait. There might just be Ne. Drinking Tea. If you have read any

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Twenty years ago… I was typing on a dumb terminal, connected to a great big beige computer called IBM AS/400 with a thick grey Twinax cable. Screens were green on black, text only — or sometimes orange on black if you were posh. The internet was this thing we used to send emails (if you knew

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Modernizing RPG Programs – Learn the RPG History first I had email email from an old work colleague this morning. He was a windows programmer, with limited exposure to RPG, but works in a company that is driven by a huge, old, complex RPG3 application that has changed little over the last decade. He is

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RPG CODE EXAMPLE – “Write to joblog” in Free Format RPGLE Write to the IBM i joblog is a neat way of recording details of any running jobs information. This example lets us send messages from inside a running RPG program. It’s simple using one of IBM’s API’s – QMHSNDPM – and this source code

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RPG CODE EXAMPLE – “Write to joblog” in RPG with Qp0zLprintf Write to joblog lets us send messages from inside a running RPG program. It’s simple using one of IBM’s API’s – Qp0zLprintf Qp0zLprintf() — Print Formatted Job Log DataThe Qp0zLprintf () function prints user data specified by format-string as an information message type to the

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