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July 6, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 13

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Practical RPG: The Future of RPG
FEATURED ARTICLE: When CCSID Constants Vary, Part III
FEATURED NEWS: MC Press Launches BIG Summer Sale
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Zend Technologies Hires Two Top Execs in Anticipation of Future Growth
FORUM: QNTC Linked Directory Disappears After IPL
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Feature Article - Programming
 
Practical RPG: The Future of RPG

There is no crystal ball deciding the future of the language, but we can identify trends, and some of the trends may surprise you.

joe_plutaWritten 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.


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Feature Article - Programming
 
When CCSID Constants Vary, Part III

Learn some tips and tricks to correctly handle literal constants.

jean-paul_lamontreWritten 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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