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April 21, 2010 | Volume 9 Issue 8

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: IBM i 7.1 First Looks: RPG
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Questions Should Have Answers!
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: looksoftware Announces lookserver for RPG Open Access, IBM i Edition
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Profound Logic Software Releases Profound UI, a Native GUI for RPG Developers
FORUM: Data Transfers Using FTP
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Unleash the Power of IBM i
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Feature Article - Programming
 
IBM i 7.1 First Looks: RPG

RPG programmers know how powerful the language is, and IBM just keeps making it better.

joe_plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

Welcome to RPG for Version 7.1 of IBM i. Version 7.1 is a marked departure from previous releases. For example, this is the first time we've gone from one complete version release to another—from 6.1 to 7.1. A lot of buzz is in the air about some of the big-ticket items, like the new Open Access capabilities of RPG. But for those of us in the trenches, IBM has done a great job of taking the world's best language for developing business logic and making it even better. Let me show you a few examples of just what they've done for us.


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Feature Article - Programming
 
The API Corner: Questions Should Have Answers!

Send inquiry messages and receive a reply! Use the power of messages for error-handling, user feedback, or user interaction.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

In previous articles, we have seen how to send a variety of messages to the user of an application. The message types covered include *ESCAPEs in the case of hard errors ("Inform Users of Problems by Sending Error Messages from Application Programs"), *DIAGnostics in order to provide additional information on error conditions  ("More on Sending Messages from an Application Program"), *COMPletion messages to indicate success in our task ("Sending Non-Error-Related Messages from an Application Program"), and *STATUS messages to keep the user informed about the current running of the application (also found in "Sending Non-Error-Related Messages from an Application Program"). Today, we'll look at sending *INQUIRY messages, which can be used for either success or failure, and receiving a response to the inquiry message.


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