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Green Screen to Web Application in 5 minutes (aka how the AS400 got on the World Wide Web with IBM i)

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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RPG Evolution, Modernization and Refactoring – Step 5 of 4 – RPG FREE FORMAT 2017

Convert it to RPG FREE FORMAT — RPG Evolution 2017 style That’s right — this is step five of four. Much like RPG evolution, the modern day free-form RPG code is way more advanced than earlier neanderthal column based RPG. The original code blog was way back in 2009, but RPG has quietly been improving all […]

 
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What does an RPG Programmer do?

If you are a software developer then you will know that RPG is an IBM programming Language. It’s also a Rocket Propelled Grenade. It’s also an acronym for Role Playing Games. This blog will have lots of waffle about being an RPG Programmer and just the occasional explosion or online sexy elf. RPG Programmers create […]

 
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History of the IBM RPG programming language

*RPG – NO, RPG Developer doesnt mean that I write Role Playing Games, primarily aimed at men in basements pretending they are fit young elven women and running around casting spells 😉 So, as an RPG* Developer I am definitely biased towards IBM’s best and most versatile language. IBM RPG has evolved massively from the […]

 
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RPG3 RPG400 RPGLE in all its glorious free format styley

Last night I was asked what the differences between RPG versions were: RPG3 RPG400 RPGLE: IBM have gone out of their way to make the version naming and releases differences so quirky, dirty and convoluted that I’m not even sure they know what to call the current incarnation of this beautiful programming language. Anyhooo, here’s […]

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

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

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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