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Where Is RPG Going?

With the recent release of Technology Refresh 2 for 7.3, it seems only fair to take a moment and wonder just where RPG is going. Care to join me?

Written by Dave Shirey 

In January, Steve Will posted a blog on IBM Systems magazine about what’s coming up in the future for the IBM i. And certainly Steve would be the one to know. The post was insightful and packed with information. But it did trigger some thoughts in my mind, perhaps more about what wasn’t said than about what was.

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Feature Article - Programming

SQL 101: Tools of the Trade - Exploring SQuirreL’s SQL Editor

Now that you’ve learned how to install this great tool, let’s see what it has to offer via a guided tour of its most interesting functionalities, starting with its SQL Editor.

Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Last time around, I explained how to install SQuirreL SQL, and most of the readers’ feedback was very positive. For those of you who tried and failed to install this tool, here’s a little tip: Before trying to install this tool, update your Java Runtime Engine (JRE) to the latest available. It’s true that SQuirreL’s documentation says that JRE 1.4 or higher is OK, but there are a lot of threads on the tool’s forums complaining about “unable to find the main class” errors. These errors seem to be related with the JRE version, so update to the latest available and try again. It’ll be worth it, as you’ll see in this TechTip!

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