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  • "It's Alive!" - History of RPG IV Part 4

    In the last thrilling (?) installment we left you with the cliffhanger that "there was still one more skirmish to be fought in the battle ..." and indeed there was.

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    Posted: August 31, 2015 |

    Excel and RPG: Sometimes Things Just Don't Add Up!

    This post was prompted by an email from a reader asking for assistance with a problem trying to duplicate an Excel spreadsheet in RPG. The method being used was to extract the required data using SQL and then pass the raw data to Excel to perform the calculations. Rather than have this extra Excel step, the thought was to have RPG produce the report directly from the extracted data. Only one problem--the reader couldn't make the RPG version match the Excel one.

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    Posted: August 20, 2015 |

    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 |

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