This has certainly been the year for what's old is new again. In case
you missed it, during 2013 the following events took place:
IBM I v7.1 TR7 was announced and shipped
RPG IV became totally free-format
Cozzi Productions (our parent company) celebrated 30 years of
independence (we started in October 1983)
For the first time, IBM did NOT change the name of the product
or Operating System; well sort of; does pureSystems count?
Beyond that, we continue to provide MidrangeNews.com which is the
place to go to share information about IBM i and RPG development, or to
find something we've already written for you. Starting with this issue
and into 2014 we are changing some policies and some content.
Newsletter: This newsletter is the follow-on to
our hugely popular "RPG
Report". What we learned in 2011 through 2013 is that IBM i folks just
don't care what something is called, they just want to read it
and move on with their busy lives. So starting with this issue, "RPG
Report" no longer exists. In its place,
"Bob Cozzi's RPG World" blog begins publication. Its schedule shall
be (as some say) "Cozzi-esq". Its content will be on whatever
we decide that day.
Online Seminars. We have plans to use the tools
available today that were not available even two years ago, and
bring back Seminars to the RPG World. But today, instead of spending
$50,000 on a hotel (and yes, that is what one of our RPG World
in-person conferences cost us; and that's just for the meeting space
and food, not all the rest of it) we are going to use online tools to
broadcast webinars from time to time. Hopefully we can also make
available for download for our non-North America members. Many of you have told
us your companies have
18th century mentalities; meaning they do not allow you to watch video
content at work. So we will
start with lecture/seminar style webinars and provide a way for you
to pay from work, but watch at home. If we can figure a way to do
that, we will produce and broadcast our first one in March 2014 and see how it
Membership/Payments: We have changed our
membership model starting January 1st. We now accept monthly/recurring
or one-time payments in the form of donations or
"tips". While this is a subtle change from who we did things in the
past, it does mean we no longer require a paid membership for our
"paid content". Instead, Members shall be allowed to view our
content, while those who continue to donate to the cause shall be
thanked and offered discounts on our online seminars. Those
discounts will be worth the recommended $2/monthly fee. But it is
entirely up to you to decide if you want to contribute.
Cozzi Tools: We love when RPG developers ask us
for information on how to do something that is already written and
tested and available in Cozzi Tools. Our COZTOOLS library has many
useful CL commands and RPG add-on functions that are ready to go. It
is offered in 3 different packages. (1) Free runtime, (2) Developer
edition, and (3) Enterprise edition. To our surprise, the Enterprise
Edition sold the most in 2013. Seems people want the source code for
"escrow" purposes. Cozzi Tools had a good 2013 and we're looking
forward to providing the solutions to your needs in 2014.
Please continue to contribute to and participate in our fantastic
Discussion Forum. We've worked hard to provide an easy to use interface
that RPG and IBM i developers can leverage for free. In 2014, please tell your
friends about it so it can be even better.
2014 and RPG World Blog - Premiere Issue
The Premiere issue of my RPG World blog discusses the use of the Unit
of Measure (UOM) Parameter on Printer Files and specifically the OVRPRTF
command. This keyword gives you the ability to print correctly on most
contemporary printers. Although I discuss LaserJet printer specifically,
the technique is applicable to any modern LAN or connected PDF enabled,
laser or inject printer.
Bob Cozzi is a technical advisor to IBM i clients around the world.
His specialty is solving difficult programming issues for his clients, training their
programming staffs, and performing system migration/upgrades for small shops. His
consulting rates are available online.
To contact Bob, send an email to: bob at cozTools.com
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