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What's New in RPG?

When: March 14, 2019  at 3:30 eastern

Where: On-line

Presented By: Jon Paris

Jon Paris earned the nickname "the father of RPG IV" due to his major role in the definition of the language and promoting its use in its infancy. He left IBM in 1998 to focus on providing Application Development skills education for IBM i shops.

A frequent author, forum contributor, and speaker at User Groups and technical conferences around the world, he is also an IBM Champion and a partner at Partner400 and System i Developer.

He hosts the RPG & DB2 Summit twice per year with partners Susan Gantner and Paul Tuohy - including the upcoming Summit event in Charlotte week of March 25.

What's New in RPG?

The V7 releases of RPG have radically changed the language. Among other new features, you can now code file and data declarations completely free format. And along with that comes the ability to code completely free format RPG with NO 80 columns restrictions!

Jon will also provide details and a worked example of the latest RPG enhancement - DATA-INTO. A new way to process CSVs, JSON, and any other form of structured data you can think of.

Other updates to be covered include:

  • Extensions to RPG's error handling model, which make it much simpler to ensure that things are "tidied up" in the event of an exception.
  • New direct inline coding eases the coding (and subsequent understanding of) nested Data Structures in free format.
  • Performance improvements for large return values that can make your subprocedures easier to deploy as web services.
  • Support For Alias Names
  • New and Updated BIFs Including Scan/Replace, Minimum and Maximum
  • And more …


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