So, a chum of mine on social media just posted this link for the first public presentation from his IBM i Startup called iThusiasm. Looks interesting and I’ve signed up. Why not dive right in? Me. Feeling ithusiastic. 😉 What and Who is iThusiasm? iThusiasm is proudly presenting our inaugural meeting for IBM I professionals!

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Rational Developer for IBM i 9.6 Fixpack 7 is now available! The 9.6.0.7 fixpack contains some nice little enhancements and fixes! One feature really caught my eye- The New extract procedure refactoring feature, used to convert business rules into reusable procedures in RPG sounds a bit saucy. How does ‘Refactor Extract Procedure‘ work? We select

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Want to learn IBM RDi? Wondering where to go to find all those old RDi articles that used to be on IBM’s Developerworks website? Googling, Binging and Duck Duck Going, frantically searching for help with RDi? Back in October 2019, IBM announced they were killing the Developerworks website: “As part of the overall IBM effort

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I was discussing the benefits of RDi with a colleague this morning (I’m a bit of a Rational Developer fanboy) because he is trying to justify the huge annual cost of the tool with The Management: nearly $1000 per year per person! A price tag that is #bloodypreposterous. But, I will rant about that in

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This is purely a little memory jogger for me. Nothing to read here move along move along….. I just upgraded an old program that had a piece of code doing this: C  DS#POS Div 256 POSLIN C         Mvr POSCOL This old RPG400 code is reading the cursor position from the display

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Talking to a colleague this morning, we were discussing a vendor supplied series of spreadsheets (in CSV format) that his team needed to process. “What’s the best way to read all the spreadsheets in an IFS folder so we can process them?” bald bloke in the office Well, we have a nice simple technique to

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UPDATE 2021 – Version 1 of ILEditor used to be free! Sadly, Version 2 is out and it’s become a chargeable premium code editor. Priced at $35 USD per month, per forever. 🙁 Free Premium ILE RPG Editor for IBM i – ILEDITOR I’ve been waiting for a simple free-format RPG editor for the longest

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Download RDi Second Cup of Coffee – Check. Consumed Doughnut – Check. Removed crumbs and sticky remnants of doughnut from laptop keyboard – Check. And Face – Check. Calendar confirms that todays the day IBM release #IBMi RDi 9.6 – Check. Lets got and grab it – Check. 🙂 I’ve been running RDi 9.5.1.2 for

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Internet fact #173 – If you make RPGLE lowercase it looks a lot prettier! If you’ve ever read any of my many waffling techno-blogs about programming with the RPG language you will know that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship IBM’s Rational Developer code editor. But, just sometimes it does really small, but

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Let’s play with RDi and CL! I was happily editing some CLP code in RDi and very pleased with the Rational Developers automatic code reformatting: stretching out my Control Language code to fit the screen neatly. This is a nice enhancement to the code editing experience and blows the trusty old SEU workhorse out of

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I’ve been working on an interesting project focused on taking some old RPG code and re-factoring it to make it more efficient. Fascinating work for a client that is focused on doubling its IBM i throughput and reducing the CPU load of all its old programs. This has frequently made me choose between writing a

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