As we noted in a recent blog post, RPG IV will be 21 years old this fall. In thinking about how we could celebrate this auspicious event at the upcoming RPG & DB2 Summit, Jon got to reminiscing about the "birth" of RPG IV. The following are his best recollections of those early days, but he's getting on in years and so undoubtedly others will remember things a little differently.
Posted: June 24, 2015 |
If you're a member of some LinkedIn groups or similar online communities, you have no doubt seen the occasional spam item appearing that has nothing to do with the specific community. A recent one of these captured our attention because the subject line was something like "5 Easy Ways to Look 10 Years Younger." We opened the item just to make sure it really was a spam item. It was, but it spurred us to think about whether there could indeed have been a legitimate item with that subject line that would have been appropriate for a group of RPG developers. And if so, what it might look like.
Posted: June 16, 2015 |
As most of regular readers know, we switched to using Macs some years ago. Jon was the first to take the leap, thereby fulfilling his role as techno-guinea-pig. Realizing how much simpler his life had become without the daily frustrations of Windows, Susan subsequently made the switch when she was due for a hardware upgrade. It was probably the best technical decision we have ever made--with of course the exception of having chosen the IBM i as our server platform of choice!
Posted: June 02, 2015 |
There we were in our usual "What on earth can we write about this week" state when an email arrived from a conference attendee asking why, even though they were running on a V7 release, they "cannot compile the new free form RPG?" Inspiration! We've been asked this question so many times that perhaps it is time to put the answer it in our blog, where the gods of Google can find it!
Posted: May 21, 2015 |
We had been debating how "old" RPG IV was, so we decided to check the dates for V3R1, because that coincided with the initial release of RPG IV (aka ILE RPG). We were astounded to find that the GA date for that release was Nov. 25, 1994! Our baby is already 20 years old and we didn't even have a party!
Posted: April 27, 2015 |
Yesterday’s mail included an update from the RPG Cafe that appeared to be announcing two new features for V7.1 and 7.2 RPG. We attempted to download the PTF only to be told that it was already installed. Strange ... wonder who did that? A DSPPTF revealed the answer. This was not actually a new announcement; rather it was an update to the wiki page. These updates became available back in October 2014!
Posted: April 16, 2015 |
Spring is here and with it comes conference season. So far we've spoken at three events: the WMCPA event in Wisconsin, the NEUCG conference in Massachusetts, and of course our own RPG & DB2 Summit in Texas. We have one more spring conference yet to attend in Toronto. Exhausting as they are, we always enjoy these events and there's always some new "trends" that seem to emerge.
Posted: April 06, 2015 |
Wow! Who knew so many people cared about the future of DDS!
When we published our opinion piece “Life After DDS” on IBMSystemsMag.com earlier this month, we had no idea of the amount of reaction it would get. We had certainly hoped for some comments - and indeed a number of people did comment. But more surprising were the number of tweets and LinkedIn references it generated. Clearly, it is subject that interested people and so we decided to continue the conversation in this week's blog.
Posted: March 24, 2015 |
We've talked about iSphere before. It's a great set of plug-ins to RDi (or RDP or WDSC) that makes RSE even better. This is just a brief update on that subject.
There's a new way to install or update your iSphere plug-in. By the way, did your installation inform you that a new version was available? Ours did! When we started RDi recently it started informing us that iSphere 2.5.2 was available to install!
Posted: March 16, 2015 |
Now we all like to think we are vital to the well-being of our companies, but according to CSC a shortage of RPG coders was partially responsible for a revenue shortfall of $230 million last year. Yes that’s “million.” While "only" $25 million to $40 million was specifically associated with the company's RPG skills shortage, that still strikes us as a huge number. Hopefully upon reading that, all of CSC’s current RPG staff immediately demanded a pay raise. Clearly they are much more valuable than they had previously imagined!
Posted: March 02, 2015 |