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  • IBM i News You May Have Missed
    08/16/2017
  • Need Another Reason to Convert to RPG IV?
    06/23/2017
  • The IT Skills Gap
    06/05/2017
  • SEU Was Holding Me Back
    04/11/2017
  • Check Out the Latest in RDi
    03/01/2017
  • IBM i News You May Have Missed

    Jon Paris and Susan Gantner offer their take on a few of the most recent news items around the IBM i world that you may have missed. 

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    Posted: August 16, 2017 |

    Need Another Reason to Convert to RPG IV?

    Lately we've seen some sure signs that at long last RPGers are beginning to appreciate the power of RDi. The "signs" are that we have recently received similar questions from a number of new RDi users. To be more precise, the questions aren't the same, but the answer is the same.

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    Posted: June 23, 2017 |

    The IT Skills Gap

    Last week we went to see our friend Jim Buck speak at TUG, our local user group. Our major interest in attending was to hear Jim speak on the subject "Failure to Modernize–The Real Cost" a topic that regular readers will recognize as near and dear to our hearts. We weren't disappointed, and we would like to share some of Jim's insights with you.

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    Posted: June 05, 2017 |

    SEU Was Holding Me Back

    We recently ran into a fabulous description of the value of RDi as seen from the perspective of one specific RPG developer. His name is Buck Calabro. With Buck's permission we are posting his thoughts in his own words because we feel they deserve wider circulation and we certainly couldn't improve on them.

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    Posted: April 11, 2017 |

    Check Out the Latest in RDi

    In the previous blog we discussed the latest RPG enhancements.  Today we will briefly review the latest RDi enhancements. RDi doesn't typically follow the same announcement schedule as IBM i and as of late has started "sneaking" enhancements into fix packs. The latest of these, which take the product to version 9.5.1.1, includes the foundations for what promises to be a really interesting and useful feature for RPGers: Refactoring.

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    Posted: March 01, 2017 |

    Valentines for RPGers

    Many exciting announcements are going on this week related to IBM i: lots of DB2 for i enhancements, open source goodies, ACS improvements and a new low-end system.

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    Posted: February 15, 2017 |

    The Year Ahead

    In our previous blog, we talked about the things that we regarded as the highlights of 2016. As you might expect, since Application Development (AD) is our primary focus, the majority of things on our prediction/wish list for 2017 are also firmly rooted in that area.

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    Posted: February 02, 2017 |

    Our Top 5 Highlights of 2016

    It's a new year so it seems like a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed.

    Many things happened in the IBM i world in 2016 but we've come up with a list of five of the key things that impacted us significantly, mostly for the better. See how many of these would make your own list of highlights.

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    Posted: January 22, 2017 |

    Christmas Comes Early for RPGers

    Yes, it is true: the elves at the Toronto Lab have given us an early Christmas present and, best of all, you can unwrap it and play with it right now, as long as you are running V7.2 or 7.3 anyway. We thought while we were on the topic of RPG, we'd also take the opportunity to ask for your support for Jon's latest "wish" for RPG.

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    Posted: December 09, 2016 |

    Organize an Hour of Code

    Back in 2014, we encouraged you to get involved with the "Hour of Code" project (https://hourofcode.com).

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    Posted: November 07, 2016 |

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