RPG Language and the ARCAD-Rational Power Pack advancements
And continuing the celebration of the 25th anniversary of IBM i
by Bill Smith, IBM Rational software
At the end of May, in a post about making the move from v5r4 to newer versions of IBM i, I wrote:
This year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of IBM i, we are proud to note how vital and modern this platform truly is.
I went on to note a number of investments Rational had made in support of ensuring that IBM i remains relevant and vital. Things like Open Access RPG Edition, full-featured modern IDEs, and the ARCAD-Rational Power Pack.
Today I’m happy to be able to add a big, bold exclamation point onto that earlier post, by announcing the introduction of two important advancements:
The modernization of RPG by expanding free-form support is of particular significance to customers in their efforts to recruit new development talent to create, maintain, and extend RPG applications. Here are some supporting details:
We are also announcing that we have worked closely with our business partner ARCAD to deliver a new fixed-to-free form conversion utility, to complement the new language support. It will support conversions for C, H, F, D, and P specs and will be packaged as a separately purchasable component of the ARCAD Pack for Rational offering. As such, it is sold and supported by IBM.
And in a further enhancement to the ARCAD Pack for Rational, it will now be possible to obtain the complete interactive client capabilities of ARCAD Observer (again as an independently purchasable component of the Pack). ARCAD Observer, if you don’t know, is a very strong tool for application understanding and visualization and something that many customers should be pleased to know is now available as an IBM-supported offering.
Happy 25th !!