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September 21, 2009  3:18 AM

COBOL turns 50



Posted by: Leah Rosin
COBOL, IBM System i programming, Programming

On Friday evening, I was browsing the Twitterverse and saw that I had missed some fun news. On Friday, September 18th, 2009, the COmmon Business Oriented Language (COBOL) turned 50. Though, earlier articles claimed that it's

January 15, 2009  8:59 AM

iSociety fireside chat on CL programming



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
COMMON, Programming

The iSociety, an online social group for IBM System i users and followers, will be holding a fireside chat later today. The group, which the user group COMMON started more than two years ago, has had a...


October 2, 2008  9:42 AM

New RPG users: an oxymoron?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Programming, System i software

Like "jumbo shrimp" and "small fortune," one would probably think that "new RPG users" is an oxymoron. And if we expand that out more -- "new RPG users on the System i" -- well, that makes it seem more like one. But that may not be the case. The folks at


September 24, 2008  1:08 PM

iSeries DevCon 2008: Learn something new about i



Posted by: Leah Rosin
Education/training, Open Source, Programming, System i careers

If you are noticing that the weather has turned from warm and sunny to a bit crisp and cool, maybe it's time to take a trip to the sunny state of Florida, and attend iSeries DevCon 2008 in Orlando...


September 4, 2008  9:17 AM

RPG, Java, .Net — they’re all developers, right?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Programming, System i software, Web Development

It seems that in more and more System i educational classes, there are growing numbers of Java and .Net developers sitting in aside the RPG developers. This according to a post over at iDevelop. As the post says,...


September 3, 2008  3:37 PM

Coloring source code with SQL: Error encountered



Posted by: Leah Rosin
Databases, Programming

We recently received a reader question in response to a reader-submitted tip on using SQL on System i to color source code and inline comments. On August 27, 2008, Don sent us this inquiry:

This is in...


July 24, 2008  4:29 PM

RPG on the AS/400 — Old code meets new users



Posted by: Leah Rosin
Programming, Wikis

Today RPG is on my mind (perhaps because it was the focus of our Search400.com News newsletter today). And truly, RPG seems to be one of the most contentious issues with the i. For example, Pinnacle...

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July 10, 2008  8:02 AM

System i links for 7-10-08



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Blogroll, Programming, System i hardware

  • Context is Key: This nugget from midrange.com (it's been a while, David!) talks about always remembering the "why." If a program needs to be fixed, take a step back and ask why, and what it will accomplish.


June 12, 2008  3:55 PM

EGL Cafe open: Are you ready for a new language?



Posted by: Leah Rosin
Blogroll, Programming, Web Development

Over a year after IBM's new Enterprise Generation Language (EGL) was launched, and following IBM's own iSeries EGL tutorial publication, the


January 17, 2008  8:52 AM

On the INITIALIZE statement



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Programming

The iSeries COBOL programmer explains how to use the INITIALIZE statement for the System i. This is an add-on to an earlier...

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