Advanced Integrated RPG: Running the JVM beyond V5R4

I have written Advanced Integrated RPG targeting the V5R4 OS.
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TechTip: Installing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express on Your Local Machine

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Expand your skills from the perspective of an RPG developer: Keep your IBM database close; keep your Microsoft database closer with Microsoft SQL Server.

tom_snyder.jpgBy Tom Snyder

As a writer for MC Press, I understand how the sentiments on Microsoft can be, and I just happen to be watching The Godfather while putting this article together, so I thought that keeping your friends close and your enemies closer would be a good opener for my new series on Microsoft products.


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Understand Your Remote Git Repository Options and Choose the Best Solution for You

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Learn how to support a multiple-developer version-control environment using source-code hosting for git repositories.

Has your shop begun using multiple programming languages? The implementation of new options may not be on the top of the priority list. Code can be developed, priorities could change, staff could change, and by the time you go back to complete something you initiated a few months ago or try to find the source code for something that is deployed, you may have difficulty determining where the source code is or what version was actually deployed. This is where git can help.


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Clean Up Your Eclipse Workspace

If you notice your workspace is growing and you want to reduce the amount of space it is consuming you could manually clean up your .metadata folder in your Eclipse workspace.

I use git for my code repository and backup my code regularly, so the less data to backup the better.

Prior to cleaning up your workspace, it's not a bad idea to back it up in case you have any issues after the cleanup you could roll back your deleted files.

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Online AS/400 Accounts

I've recently been looking for an online IBM i account with the following desired options:

  • V7R1
  • Best price
  • Most storage

Here is what the Google gave me:

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Use Git to Document and Manage Any Source Code with Version Control

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Provide versioning and rollback capabilities to your source code with the resolution of individual code modifications.

tom_snyder.jpgBy Tom Snyder

Programmers in any language have supported multiple versions of source code during development, the simplest case being that you can keep a copy of the current production code while you work on a new version that contains your current development changes. But what if you wanted to document each change and have the ability to selectively reset any changes while supporting multiple developers working on the same source code? Git can help with this.


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Installing Android Development Tools with Eclipse

To develop Android applications with Eclipse you could use the following installation method:

  • Install the Java Platform Development Kit (JDK)
    Get the 32 bit version (even if you are running on a 64 bit system) of the JDK because the Android SDK will look for the 32 bit version and throw an error indicating that it can't find it. There are work arounds, using the 32 bit version is one of them.
  • Install latest version of Eclipse. The classic version is recommended for use with Android.
  • Install the Android SDK.
  • Install the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin
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Drupal Multisite

With Drupal Multisite capabilities you could have one Drupal code base being reused for multiple websites. This allows you to keep your base code updated once to support multiple sites.

This is also a good feature if you have several low traffic websites and want to reuse a single hosting plan. I have done this for my brother who is a plumber which is hosted with my primary site.

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Windows Powershell Installation

  • Install PowerShell on your computer. If you have Windows 7 then you probably already have it, otherwise click here to download. You will find PowerShell under Accessories off your Start menu.
  • You can’t run scripts by default because of security settings. .ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system….

    To View Security settings:
    Get-ExecutionPolicy
    You should see restricted.
  • To allow scripts to run:
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Update Your Data with Peace of Mind Using Commitment Control

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Learn how to use commitment control in your RPG programs to ensure a complete transaction and how to roll back the changes when unable to complete.

I'm usually talking about powerful IBM i resources that can do great things with minimal work. Commands such as those need to be treated with respect and tested well to ensure that you'll get the expected results. In this article, I'll be taking a step back to talk about some safety measures that you could take to protect the integrity of your data by using commitment control within your code.


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