January 14, 2022
- LEAD ARTICLE: Getting Started: Free vs. Fixed and Internal Documentation in ILE RPG Programming
- FEATURED WHITE PAPER: The Power of Writing Code in a Low-Code Solution
- FEATURED NEWS: IBM Welcomes LG Electronics to the IBM Quantum Network to Advance Industry Applications of Quantum Computing
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Part three of getting started ILE RPG program addresses free vs. fixed and internal documentation. Read parts one and two here: Getting Started: Sections & a Sample of ILE RPG Programs and here: Getting Started: Building the ILE RPG Program and Navigating Legacy Code
By Brian Meyers and Jim Buck
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 2 of Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition.
Free vs. Fixed
As you can see, RPG’s free-format instructions have a more consistent, modern layout than do the fixed-format equivalents. If you are using free format, you’ll probably find it easier to concentrate on your program’s logic instead of its exact positional syntax. In addition, free-format operations allow you to use indentation to visually explain blocks of related code. You don’t need to remember which operation codes support which C-spec layout if you are using free format.
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IBM Welcomes LG Electronics to the IBM Quantum Network to Advance Industry Applications of Quantum Computing
LG Electronics joins IBM Quantum Network and aims to explore applications of quantum computing to support big data, artificial intelligence, connected cars, digital transformation, IoT, and robotics applications
By IBM Corporation
IBM today announced that LG Electronics has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the industry applications of quantum computing.
By joining the IBM Quantum Network, IBM will provide LG Electronics access to IBM's quantum computing systems, as well as to IBM's quantum expertise and Qiskit, IBM's open-source quantum information software development kit.