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  • IBM i News You May Have Missed
  • Need Another Reason to Convert to RPG IV?
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  • Your Baby Is Ugly - History of RPG IV Part 3

    In the last part of the story I mentioned that we had started to go "open Kimono" on the design of RPG IV and that this subsequently caused problems ... That's where we pick up the story this time.


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    Posted: August 03, 2015 |

    iSphere Enhances RDi Features

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    Posted: July 24, 2015 |

    RDi Update (All Good This Time!)

    We have some news for RDi users and would-be users. This is an update to our recent blog on some RDi Gotchas. Gotcha #1 - trouble downloading and/or installing the RDi trial code - particularly seemed to have struck a nerve. 


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    Posted: July 15, 2015 |

    From Skunkworks to Project - History of RPG IV Part 2

    We left the first part of Jon's saga “The Birth of a New RPG” with the realization that perhaps the SAA RPG compiler that had been developed for OS/2 and mainframes could become the foundation for a new ILE compiler for the (then) AS/400. The story continues. …

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    Posted: July 10, 2015 |

    3 RDi Gotchas

    Readers of our blog know that we're both users and big fans of RDi. Every now and then, we're surprised by something about our favorite development tool. Sometimes they are good surprises, sometimes not so good and sometimes just baffling. This week we thought we'd fill readers in on some of the surprises we've run into recently in hopes it may help keep some others from being similarly confused. We have itmes in all three categories to talk about.

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    Posted: July 02, 2015 |

    The Birth of a New RPG

    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.

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    Posted: June 24, 2015 |

    Does This Code Make Me Look Old?

    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.

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    Posted: June 16, 2015 |

    The Apple of Our Eye

    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!

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    Posted: June 02, 2015 |

    Having Problems With Free-Format RPG?

    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!

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    Posted: May 21, 2015 |

    How Did We Miss RPG IV's Coming of Age?

    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!

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    Posted: April 27, 2015 |

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