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June 15, 2016 | Volume 15 Issue 12

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

LEAD ARTICLE: What’s So Special About the IBM i Community?
FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG IV Free-Format Data Area Data Structures
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Bluemix Dedicated for GitHub Enterprise
BUYER'S GUIDE: TLAForms
EVENT: Development Productivity for IBM i

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Feature Article - Analysis
 
What’s So Special About the IBM i Community?

IBM i is unique in many ways, but the community that supports it really sets it apart.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

My favorite part of having a regular column here at MC Press Online is that I have the opportunity to write about almost anything I like. Politics is a hot topic right now, but I simply will not go there. Instead, I want to focus on my favorite aspect of the IBM i, the people. Maybe it is because it is summertime and the sun is shining outside my office window, or maybe it is because conference season is in full swing. I just get excited when I have the opportunity to interact with other IBM i developers in person.


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Feature Article - Programming
 
RPG IV Free-Format Data Area Data Structures

Let’s talk about one of the many advantages of free-format coding.

jim martinWritten by Jim Martin

If you’re reading this article you’re likely an RPG IV programmer. Have you been using free-format calculations for a while? My guess is that most of you are. Have you been using the new free-format H-, F-, D-, and P-specs? My guess is not so much. Change is hard, and from my experience you have to give something new a little time, then quit, then give it a little time againlater on. My goal in writing this article for you is to give you a little bit of this new information on a subject that is fairly common.


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