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June 4, 2008 | Vol 7 Issue 11


In This Issue:

>> Modern Tools for Today's RPG Programmer

>> Qualifying Files and Programs in SOA

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Feature Article - Programming
Modern Tools for Today's RPG Programmer

Are you aware of the free (and nearly free) tools that are available to enhance modern RPG application development?

jon_paris.gifBy Jon Paris

Over the last few months, I have spoken at a number of conferences across North America and have just completed System i Developer's first European RPG and DB2 Summit event, which ran in partnership with COMMON Europe. One common thread that emerged from discussions with attendees at these events was a lack of awareness of many of the "modern" things that can be achieved by today's RPG applications. As a result, I decided that in this column I would briefly cover some of the tools, etc. that have piqued my interest in recent years. Since I don't want to turn this into some kind of glorified commercial, I have decided, for the most part, to stick with those options that are free of charge. As you might expect, the vast majority are Web-related, and even a cursory review will demonstrate to you the types of advanced applications that are being developed by the "i" community these days.


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Feature Article - Programming
Qualifying Files and Programs in SOA

The library list is powerful, but it presents some difficulties in the new world of SOA; this article shows you how to get around those issues.

joe_pluta.pngBy Joe Pluta

Whenever we open files or call programs in i5/OS (or simply "i" as it is known as of the 6.1 release), we rely on a concept called the library list. With this unique feature of the system, each job is associated with a list of libraries, and these libraries are searched in order when you look for an object, provided that object's name wasn't qualified with a library in the first place.


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