IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 18
Open Your TOOLKIT
Improve development costs and time to market with open-source languages
for IBM i
hen talking with clients about open source for IBM i, I often hear this question: "RPG is solid. Why should I even consider adopting an open-source
language?" Odds are your company is heavily invested in RPG. It's a
trusted friend. Naturally, when new business challenges arise, you often turn to this
powerful and reliable language to get the job done.
is the business
architect for Open
Source on IBM i.
Many reasons exist for RPG to be your default
language. Not only do your development teams know
it well, but also the language has a proven track record.
Plus, IBM keeps enhancing it. For instance, using the
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new DATA-INTO opcode, RPG can now import data
in various formats, such as JSON, directly into a data
structure. Without a doubt, RPG is a great language. So,
why bother with an open-source language?