April 5, 2017 | Volume 16 Issue 7
• LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: Techniques for Procedures
• FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Debug Done Right - Choosing the Right Debug View
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM launches financial models on Bluemix to help developers build cognitive investment apps
• ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: IBM i Resources Retiring?
• FEATURED VIDEO: InterConnect 2017: Conversations with Jeff Spicer and Dez Blanchfield
• EVENT: 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition May 7-10 | Orlando, Florida
The procedure is one of the most powerful additions to RPG, and this article shows you some ways to leverage that power.
Written by Joe Pluta
Procedures are the Swiss army knife of application architecture on the IBM midrange platform. They provide everything from simple organization of single programs to large-scale inter-language communication across entire business applications. In order to provide all these functions, procedures necessarily have a lot of options that apply to a lot of different situations. Today, we're going to try to standardize a few of those options.
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Let’s finish the debug views discussion started in the previous TechTip and learn how to choose the right debug view for you.
Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira
In the previous TechTip, I discussed the *STMT, *SOURCE, and *COPY debug view keywords. Let’s continue that discussion now. The next keyword on our list, in terms of the debug information provided (and the object size), is *LIST, shown in Figure 1.
Let’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. These folks have been managing all areas of your business—often manually and behind the scenes—for decades, everything from IT operations to data and documents to cybersecurity.
Are you prepared to handle their departure?
During this 30-mintue recorded webinar, our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
- Automate IBM i processes
- Use managed services to help fill the gaps
- Secure the system against data loss and viruses
IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.