If you’re an RPG programmer, you probably already know that the IBM i V7R1 Technology Refresh now supports free form syntax for H, F, D and P specs, as well as C specs.
Now that you’re no longer restricted to those traditional columns, you may be considering updating your code.
Fortunately, Linoma Software has just released version 5.0 of RPG Toolbox™ to help you do just that — modernize your RPG source code automatically using the new RDi plugin.
RPG Toolbox has been a popular tool for developers ever since the first release of free form RPG in V5R1. Millions of lines of legacy RPG source code have been successfully converted by Linoma Software customers using this software.
Now that we’ve added the RDi plugin, programmers can convert entire members or just selected blocks of source code. They can also indent their nested free form logic to make the code easier to read and maintain.
If you’d like to see RPG Toolbox in action, watch this webinar on demand where we’ll be demonstrating how easily RPG Toolbox converts traditional source code into totally free form syntax. Users can modernize their RPG code using the RDi plugin or use commands to convert from PDM or SEU.
To learn more about the RPG Toolbox release, you can read the official announcement or visit the product page.
Free 30-day trials are available at the Linoma Software website, or you can purchase the software online.
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The importance of programming skills is in the spotlight this week with the Hour of Code initiative where educators, celebrities, tech gurus and business owners alike join forces to promote computer science education. The campaign’s promotional video has received almost 1.7 million views.
Code.org reports that computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and that there will be more 1,000,000 more jobs than students in 2020. In a rocky job market, computer science offers a great opportunity for students who have the passion to pursue it as a career.
Our programmers work hard and they love the challenge of finding new ways to improve our products. Through initiatives such as the Hour of Code promotion and Computer Science Education Week, we hope that more students are encouraged to explore the world of computer programming.
You can learn more about Hour of Code and how you can help. You can also find tutorials and resources that take students of all ages beyond basic programming to explore different computer languages and app development. We hope you’ll sit down with the kids in your life and explore Code.org.
In anticipation of IBM’s V7R1 technology refresh 7, we’ve been working on an update to our popular RPG Toolbox™ product. It was the very first product for Linoma Software and is still one of our most popular tools. Thousands of IBM i shops have already used this tool to successfully modernize their RPG programs and convert their fixed format C specifications to free form.
The new RPG Toolbox version 5.0 will now also convert the traditional H, F, D and P specifications into free form syntax. It will include many customization options to allow you to choose how operations are converted and how the syntax will be styled.
The 5.0 release is planned for December and will allow the free form conversion to be performed from RDi, PDM and the command line. For more information about the new release of RPG Toolbox 5.0, check out the official announcement.
Current RPG Toolbox customers who are active on maintenance will be able to update to the new version at no additional charge. You can download a free trial of our current version and we’ll let you know as soon as the updates are ready.