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Softlanding Turnover Scribbled Notes, User Guide and Programmer Reference

Earlier, I was explaining how to use TURNOVER Change Management to some RPG Developers who have spent years using Turnover but who had never used the Programmer Worklist Function. I was mildly surprised at the manual technique that was being used to check out each object, adding to a form source member by source member […]

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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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What’s the best Free RPG Editor?

If you are reading this blog then chances are you are (a) an RPG Programmer and (b) using SEU to edit your code and (c) you are frustrated that SEU wont syntax check new RPG anymore! It’s time to leap into an RPG EDITOR or be pushed… RDi is bloody good but it’s also a very expensive code […]

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Using EXTPRC with iSeries Turnover at V5R4

Question: How do I promote External Procedure using Turnover and get them to automatically *REPLACE on the destination machine? Answer: Like this! The problem here, is that SQL Stored Procedures have no equivalent of *REPLACE on the CREATE PROCEDURE statement (they do in IBMi 6.1+). That’s easy – “just add a Drop to line one […]

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Dirty RPG programmers need to write Clean RPG Code

This morning I was revisiting a program that I wrote last year and looking at my code thinking “Why the hell did I write it like that? #Ugly”. RPG code evolves and lots of code evolution starts in one direction and then branches off, drunkenly in another direction. This means that code can evolve to […]

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Trump announces we need to start planning for the Y10K Software Crisis

Washington DC – President Trump announced his government is launching a special software advisory group – “Not long ago we all went through the Year 2000 crisis. If you were in the computer and software industry you recall the many headaches in converting and changing databases and software so the Year 2000 would be a […]

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Latest RDi Fixpack for IBM Rational Developer (RPG Code Editor) is V9.5.1.1

IBM Rational Developer for i Service Pack V9.5.1.1 is now available This fixpack includes fixes, enhancements and the long awaited Refactoring capability: letting us Rename Declarations from Column based to free format. If you are an RDi User — and if you are an RPG programmer then you will be — use the IBM Installation […]

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RPG Programming Standards – Code Style Guide for IBM i, iSeries and AS400 Programmers

The following article was written by “Bryan Meyers” for System i Network web site in 1998 but it’s still as useful today as it was then. “RPG Programming Standards” have been debated since we invented fire and Old Programmers never die, they just get really old grumpy and start drinking Bourbon. The Essential RPG IV […]

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Example RPGLE program to populate the JBA System21 *LDA – Fully Free

Ever had to populate the *LDA in correct layout for JBA ERP Modules (aka GEAC aka Infor System21? Here is a quick and easy JBA System21 *LDA – RPG Example written in RPGLE **FREE format. Here is a simple RPGLE program to setup the *LDA priot to running a few little INFOR SYSTEM21 extraction routines: WEBSETLDA […]

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