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  • 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 |

    Newish RPG Features

    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!

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    Posted: April 16, 2015 |

    Spring Into Conference Season

    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.

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    Posted: April 06, 2015 |

    Hot Response to the Future of DDS

    Wow! Who knew so many people cared about the future of DDS!
    When we published our opinion piece “Life After DDS”  on 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.

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    Posted: March 24, 2015 |

    iSphere Update

    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!

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    Posted: March 16, 2015 |

    Who Knew RPGers Were So Important?

    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!

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    Posted: March 02, 2015 |

    Is the Desktop PC Dead?

    We can’t recall the last time that we thought of buying a desktop PC. With the exception of perhaps the iMac, they are just so passé. Every time we visit Best Buy or similar stores it is nothing but wall-to-wall laptops and tablets--not to mention giant cell phones. And while we are sometimes tempted by iMacs, that purchase will wait until we’re on the road a lot less than we are now and no longer depend on MacBooks as our day-to-day machines.

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    Posted: February 17, 2015 |

    You Got It Right Mr. E (and Now You Have the Proof)

    Back in July of 2011 we wrote a blog post entitled “A Letter to Larry." The main thrust of the post was to comment on Larry Ellison’s stated desire to have Oracle build integrated systems. The point we were trying to make of course was that we already had such a system. And as we noted at the time:

    “Perhaps your success will allow them (IBM) to see with new eyes the treasure trove that they already have in their own IBM i systems and join you in the quest of bringing sanity, simplicity and reliability back to the business community.”

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    Posted: February 11, 2015 |

    I'm an IBM i Programmer - Security Is Not My Concern - Right?

    Bash, Shellshock, Heartbleed, Poodle - Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard something about security vulnerabilities like these. And as a programmer, you may well have thought to yourself "I'm glad I'm a programmer and not a Sys Admin or network guy who has to worry about that stuff." Or perhaps you've thought to yourself "I'm glad I work on IBM i - just stay reasonably up to date on PTFs and these things can't hurt us - IBM i is inherently very secure."

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    Posted: February 05, 2015 |

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