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February 3, 2016 | Volume 15 Issue 3


LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: Work Files and EXTFILE
FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: /FREE Your Code – What the Most-Used Operation Codes Look Like in Free-Format
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Profound Logic Survey Sheds Light on the State of IBM i Legacy Application Modernization
WHITE PAPER: 10 Top Reasons to Choose PHP for IBM i Web Application Development
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Practical RPG: Work Files and EXTFILE

Sometimes the only answer to a problem is a work file, and ILE RPG makes it really easy to use one.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

Work files aren't exactly sexy. With it being so easy to embed SQL into RPG, work files seem absolutely passé. Even back in the olden days, the joy of OPNQRYF allowed us to avoid the need for work files. (If you find yourself suddenly twitching and muttering to yourself, take a breath; this article is not about OPNQRYF!) Today we revisit the concept of work files and see where they still makes sense and just how easily they fit into the new world of ILE.


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Feature Article - Programming
RPG Academy: /FREE Your Code – What the Most-Used Operation Codes Look Like in Free-Format

It's time for a few more examples of free-format code, which help you memorize the coding rules and will speed up your transition to this new coding style.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

The previous TechTip introduced the rules you need to abide by to write code in free-format and provided a simple example. This time around, I'll provide additional examples and discuss a few important things you'll need to keep in mind while coding in this new way.


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10 Top Reasons to Choose PHP for IBM i Web Application Development

Download this free eBook to get a detailed look at the top 10 reasons why PHP is a great web development choice for IBM i shops, including:

  • Easy learning curve for RPG programmers
  • Leveraging DB2 and RPG with PHP
  • Benefits of choosing an open-source language
  • Why PHP makes mobile apps easy to deploy
  • Attracting new programmers

This eBook, which was co-sponsored by BCD and Zend, also features a foreword written by Alan Seiden.


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2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

Now in its second year, HelpSystems surveyed over 800 IBM i users from around the world to produce the IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. The expanded 2016 survey builds on last year’s results to provide even greater insight into the IBM i marketplace.

From manufacturing and retail to finance and healthcare, IBM i professionals from around the world reported their plans and concerns for their IT environments, revealing how IBM i is being used and how it relates to their broader IT objectives.

Download the survey results to see how over 800 of your peers on the platform address:

  • Modernization & mobile applications
  • Hardware & operating systems
  • IT concerns & initiatives
  • Data growth, storage, & security
  • The future of IBM i


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5 Winning Strategies to Combat Information Overload

Today’s businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes. IT departments receive a constant bombardment of information from a diverse variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes and support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.

With tight resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of IT operational staff to handle this information efficiently. They need to ensure a swift response with appropriate actions, that essential data is received at the right time, prove service levels are maintained, that contingency and high availability strategies are fully operational, and that vital business activities run smoothly and without disruption.

What kind of safety net processes can you put in place so you can combat information overload, yet not miss a single thing, drop the ball, or cause a negative impact on the business—and more importantly, how do you go about it?

Learn how to handle the daily deluge of information and discover five strategies you can deploy to become an IT superhero in your organization.

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2015 Guide to Manufacturing Software

For all manufacturing industries, growth remains top of mind. Post-recession cautiousness has given way to confidence and more ambitious business goals. From automotive to fashion, more manufacturing leaders are ready to take bigger risks in the hopes of bigger payoffs, and optimism is the highest it’s been in years.

To help manufacturers choose the right software in a rapidly changing industry landscape, this guide will explore four key technologies that are essential to any successful manufacturing operation:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
  • Configure Price Quote (CPQ)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

We’ll discuss the market trends increasing the need for adoption of each technology, provide a “shopper’s checklist” of essential features and functions, and share success stories from real-life industry leaders. This guide will also outline how Infor’s industry-specific software and cloud-based technology are helping global companies thrive.

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The Business Case for IBM i Green Screen Modernization

We've all heard the complaints from IBM i users: "Green screens look outdated. I want to use my mouse. What about mobile?"

Before decision-makers approve your modernization project, you'll need to make a compelling business case and highlight why it’s about more than giving your applications a pretty face. It's also about adding value to your IBM i.

Download this ebook to learn about the top business reasons for green screen modernization, including:

  • Modern, browser-based look and functionality
  • Improved workflows and access to information
  • Leveraging and future-proofing existing applications
  • Increased end-user productivity
  • Taking advantage of mobile devices

You'll also see real-world examples that include screenshots and links to videos.

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Mobile Computing and the IBM i

Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial. This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!

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