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TechTip: Take Open-Source ILE Further - Creating from the IFS

The future of storing ILE source code is closer than you think.

Written by Liam Allan

In this long-awaited article, I'm going to talk about how to store your RPG and CL code on the IFS and what steps you need to take in order to create objects out of that source.

First, you should know that CRTRPGMOD, CRTBNDRPG, and CRTSQLRPGI all have a parameter to specify a stream file for source. Thanks to IBM, this makes compiling RPG programs much easier. But what about CL? There isn’t a stream file parameter on CRTBNDCL, so what options do we have? I’ll come to that in a little while. If you work with other ILE languages, you might be glad to hear that the C, C++, and COBOL “Create” commands also have stream file parameters.

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TechTip: DB2 for IBM i Services - The Practical

About six months ago, I talked about the relatively new DB2 for i Service tool and why it was pretty nifty. Now, let’s take a closer look at it and see how you actually use it.

Written by David Shirey  

As I said in the previous tip on this topic, the DB2 for i Services developed by Scott Forstie’s team and being enhanced with every new technology refresh is another way to investigate what’s happening on your IBM i. Although we’re accustomed to doing this using a variety of very powerful system commands, the DB2 for i Service package provides a fresh, more flexible, and more sophisticated way of digging out this information.

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