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Recent Posts

  • An Update on DATA-INTO and More News
    May 7, 2018
  • Thirty Years: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
    April 16, 2018
  • IBM i Loves RPG
    February 14, 2018
  • New Year, New RDi
    January 16, 2018
  • Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT
    November 2, 2017
  • Everything Changes--Or Does It?

    Jon Paris and Susan Gantner reminisce about the early days of the Internet and lament how little has changed for some IBM i shops.

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    Posted: November 5, 2014 |

    Time to Get Kids Coding

    The Hour of Code is Dec. 8-14, 2014. Time to get the word out and get your local high schools engaged. Even if none of the kids who participates end up having a career in IT, learning to code helps them to learn to think logically and solve problems in all arenas.

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    Posted: October 28, 2014 |

    Good News For Mac Users

    Back in June of this year, IBMs Tim Rowe wrote a blog post titled Keeping iAccess Current in which he mentioned the availability of new iAccess clients for UNIX/Linux and Mac. At the time we were happy enough with the 5250 emulators we were using and so didnt see any particular compelling reason to check out the new offering.

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    Posted: October 22, 2014 |

    Writing Unmaintainable Code

    This week we thought wed introduce you to a great essay titled, "How to Write Unmaintainable Code." It will provide you with some weekend reading and should make you think hard about your own development style.

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    Posted: October 17, 2014 |

    More RPG Language Goodies

    Sorry we missed writing a blog post last week—we were hard at work filling the brains of the attendees at the RPG & DB2 Summit. One of our guest speakers was IBM’s RPG compiler queen, Barbara Morris, and of course she was asked what enhancements we might expect to see in future updates to RPG. In her customary fashion, Barbara would not give away any secrets, but did tell the questioner that they wouldn’t have long to wait to find out. Sorry we missed writing a blog

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    Posted: October 7, 2014 |

    Old Programmers Never Die ...

    A reader sent us a link to a discussion he thought would interest us and it did (thanks, Bill!). The subject is "Do people lose interest in programming as they age?" Hmmmmm … whatever do you think made him think of us?

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    Posted: September 23, 2014 |

    Tidbits on Training Java Programmers and Apple Announcements

    Find out why we love teaching RPG to Java programmers and why we are excited about the Apple announcement.

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    Posted: September 17, 2014 |

    You Can Never Have Too Many RSE Shortcuts

    As part of our preparations for the upcoming RPG & DB2 Summit in Minneapolis we've just released the latest edition of our "Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for RSE" card. All you RSE/RDi users out there, feel free to download and print it. Alternatively there's an email link on the page where you can ask for hard copies of the shortcut card, which are a bit more durable and easier to pin up next to your workstation.

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    Posted: September 2, 2014 |

    Who Was That Masked Man? Or That Masked Value?

    In a recent post, we voiced our concerns about the potential for application error when taking advantage of the masking support related to RCAC in V7.2 of DB2 for i.

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    Posted: August 26, 2014 |

    Boost Your RDi productivity With iSphere

    Back in March 2013 we wrote an article for the IBM i Extra enewsletter in which we covered the basics of the new iSphere plug-in for RDi. Since that time, iSphere has received several enhancements, so when we saw the announcement this week of an updated version, we decided we had to take another look. Boy are we glad we did! The range of features they have added to this excellent tool is impressive.

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    Posted: August 19, 2014 |

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