RPG is now a completely free format language!

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Oct 23, 2013 11:00:00 PM

The announcement of the IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh (TR7) includes a breaking feature:

RPG is now completely free format!

All the traditional specifications for control, file, field, table, data-structure, procedure, etc... can now be declared in free format! No more fixed column positioning constraints to declare elements in your code.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, IBM i Redbook

Hidden Gems for IBM i – Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

Posted by Francisco Hoya on Oct 13, 2013 11:00:00 PM

RPC is definitely one of the hidden gems on IBM i.  

RPC can easily call IBM i commands, IBM i APIs and IBM i Program objects without any setup of the complexities such as driver installation, or the injection of code into IBM i programs. In order to use RPC you just need to start the RPC server on the IBM i (which is typically started by default) and then call it. It’s simple and powerful and brings IBM i applications to remote devices.

In the following examples I will show you how useful RPC can be with looksoftware products, and hopefully it will provide you with ideas to extend and modernize your own IBM i applications.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, Application Modernization, RPC, SQL

Finally RPG gets the control it always wanted on IBM i

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Sep 27, 2013 12:30:00 AM

For some RPG developers, Open Access (OA) is considered new technology, for others it is viewed as new architecture. Simply defining OA is a difficult task because it can do so much, including refacing, refactoring and/or new development of applications.

In this post we examine the way OA enables control of new elements within your application. We also look at how to transtion to a true multi-tier architecture.

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Topics: GUI, RPG Open Access, Business Logic

The Application Modernization Redbook Project

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Aug 20, 2013 1:11:00 AM

The IBM i Application Modernization Redbook team
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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, IBM i Redbook, Application Modernization

What will iOS 7 tell us about the future of IBM i design?

Posted by Brendan Kay on Jul 8, 2013 2:45:00 PM

iOS7 Design

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access

Info graphic on IBM i past, present and future

Posted by Brendan Kay on Jun 10, 2013 12:15:00 PM

The IBM i operating system has more clients than any other operating system from IBM. There are hundreds of thousands of installations across more than one hundred thousand organizations.

looksoftware has created a fascinating info graphic on the state of play for IBM i. It highlights some of the reasons that have made the IBM i the best platform for writing and running business applications. It also highlights the direction that business applications will be heading as they adapt to the ever-changing requirements of business users, IT departments and business executives.

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, Application Modernization

RPG Open Access standards body

Posted by Brendan Kay on May 22, 2013 9:32:00 PM



I have been waiting for a few spare moments to write about a fantastic development for RPG Open Access.

As you would already know, I personally and looksoftware collectively have been big supporters of the RPG Open Access Metadata Open Standard. We strongly believe that this standard will strengthen the RPG OA community and greatly benefit customers who are using Open Access. It will also ensure that vendors who offer Open Access solutions know that their solutions will need to be better than other's offerings or else they can be more easily replaced. Vendor lock-in can be eliminated with a strong open standard. 

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access

Simplification - IBM i

Posted by Eamon Musallam on Sep 25, 2012 1:09:00 PM


At looksoftware one of our core values is simplicity. I’m a firm believer that the biggest enemy of the IBM i platform today is not Windows, Linux or some other competing platform, but unnecessary complexity. We’re overloaded with the effects of too much new technology and the rapid change of software development to support it.

That’s why I’ve named my blog series Simplif-i. We’re committed to helping our community succeed & thrive, and we believe this can be achieved by delivering the best experience possible to our end-users through simple yet effective solutions.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access