It’s not someone that makes door handles is it? In software development a handler is a routine/function/method specializing in working with a certain type of data or focused on doing a special task. For example: Event handler – Receives and digests events and signals from the surrounding system (e.g. OS or GUI) or RPG HANDLER – Send/Receives data from the IO device (e.g. PF/DSPF/PRTF) to another source (e.g. IFS, XML, JSON).
In RPG a Handler handles more than just Lions
- 1.a person who handles or deals with certain articles or commodities.“a baggage handler”
- 2.a person who trains or has charge of an animal.“the performance of dog and handler in the ring must be accurate and correct”
If you are an IBM i RPG programmer then a HANDLER is the interface/method which handle the communication with the wide range of available resources and devices.
I’ve been playing with handlers for a while now and managed to store lots of interesting documents and code snippets. So, it’s time to put them all in one place so I can refer to them and also hopefully help some other RPG nerds out…
Where can I find technical information on how to use an RPG HANDLER?
I highly recommend downloading and consuming this presentation PARTNER400_-_RPG_Open_Access_By_Example by Partner400
Jon Paris has written several excellent articles about RPG OPEN ACCESS
Here are links to a few:
V7’s RPG Enhancements Include Open Access! – Jon Paris (April 2010)
Exploring Open Access for RPG – Jon Paris and Susan Gantner (July 2010)
Getting a Handle on RPGís Open Access – Discover how simple it is to create a generic handler – Jon Paris and Susan Gantner (July 2010) – Browser implementation of a print report
Buffer handler for Currency Exchange web service: http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/general/oa_rpg/
Creating an OA CSV Writer http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/rpg/Getting-a-Handle-on-RPG’s-Open-Access/
Handling Input Handlers With RPG Open Access – Basic Input CSV handler: http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/rpg/input_handlers/
Making the CSV reader more flexible: http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/rpg/flexible_input_handlers
More Flexible Handler – http://ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/rpg/flexible_input_handlers/
Some other Providers (for Open Access Handlers)