Other enhancements include extended capabilities for sorting and searching arrays, a new "mailmerge" scan-and-replace function, the ability to use the database's long names, and relaxed prototyping requirements.
Written by Jon Paris and Susan Gantner
So did the Easter Bunny bring plenty of RPG goodies in his basket this year? You betcha. There's a lot to like in this new release, but perhaps more importantly, IBM has delivered on the promise of starting to open up the language to allow others to participate in its evolution. Back in the fall of 2009, IBM began dropping hints about an upcoming feature for RPG that they referred to as Open I/O. Subsequently, the name was changed to Open Access (OA) or, formally, Rational Open Access: RPG Edition. One might conclude from this name that perhaps IBM intends to offer the same capabilities for COBOL in the future, but so far there has been no statement to that effect.
With 7.1, you can create XML columns, insert XML values, publish XML values, and so much more.
Written by Jon Triebenbach
XML has become the standard for document and data interchange on the Internet and is a key technology in the support for service-oriented architecture (SOA). This open standard allows the interchange of data between closed-architecture and open-architecture data management systems. Its use in SQL has been standardized by the SQL/XML standards and has become an ISO and ANSI standard. IBM has added many features for using XML within SQL in the 7.1 release for IBM i.
Among numerous upgrades, one of the most noteworthy enhancements is full database support of XML, while changes to RPG will permit sending data to a variety of pervasive devices.
Written by Chris Smith
IBM announced a significant new release of IBM i this week, the first major release to the operating system since 2008. While IBM i 7.1 touches on nearly every aspect of the operating system, making it easier to work with new technologies such as XML, the company took the opportunity also to announce enhancements to the RPG language that will make it easier for developers and ISVs to interface with mobile devices and Web services. The company also announced new BladeCenter hardware running the POWER7 chip.