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April 16, 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 7


TOP STORY: More Free-Form for RPG, Part 3
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Accessing System Information
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Feature Article - Programming
More Free-Form for RPG, Part 3

Seems like folks can't get enough of the free-form control statements replacement for specs in RPG. Or maybe it's just that everyone who writes wants to talk about it. But this is all I'll say about it, so at least be glad about that.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

So far, we've covered free-format control statements and H control statements (Part 1), and file control statements (Part 2). What's left? Just data structure control statements, and the PI and PR control statements used for prototyping. So let's jump in.


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Feature Article - Programming
The API Corner: Accessing System Information

It's easy with the Materialize Machine Attributes MI instruction.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

While RPG application developers can easily access job-related information, such as the current job date (special words such as UDATE or *DATE) and the current user of the program (offset 358 through 367 of the PSDS), there are (admittedly infrequent) times when the developer also needs specific pieces of system-related information. Items that rapidly come to mind are the serial number of the system and the name of the system, though I've also seen questions about the serial number of the LPAR the application is running on, how many processors there are on the system, and so on.


Sponsor - The MC Press Bookstore

Now available at a great low price, The Modern RPG IV Language is a must-have reference book for every RPG programmer! Internationally recognized RPG expert, Bob Cozzi, gives you all the new functions and facilities available in V5R4 RPG IV in a straightforward, easy-to-understand style. This RPG classic covers everything from the basics to the most advanced techniques, including coding free-format RPG, MOVE alternatives, date and time conversions, and more. Huge markdown! Buy your copy today!


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Tools for Modernizing IBM i Applications

Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:40pm


How can IBM i applications be modernized and brought in line with evolving enterprise expectations for user experience and extensibility? Much of the software for the platform still runs code from the 1990s, which is understandable given binary compatibility, but the truth is that the standard “green screen” isn’t state-of-the-art anymore.