There is no crystal ball deciding the future of the language, but we can identify trends, and some of the trends may surprise you.
Written by Joe Pluta
The IBM midrange is unique in that it has always been focused on business programming, with a particular emphasis on the database. The database was so integral a part of the machine that for a very long time it didn't even have a name. Over the years, the database acquired nearly all of the features of its relational cousin DB2, enough that it could be called IBM DB2 for i. But no other platform has RPG. RPG is the assembly language of IBM DB2 for i, and as long as there is breath in the IBM midrange platform, the oxygen will be RPG.
Learn some tips and tricks to correctly handle literal constants.
Written by Jean-Paul Lamontre
My first article described how a CCSID variation can turn a program crazy. My second article described the solution, which requires correctly handling literal constants. In this last article, I share some tips and tricks I found while solving the bug with the @.
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