For those of you who don't know yet: BlueDroplet is a native REST framework
for all ILE languages on IBM i. BlueDroplet consists of multiple ILE modules
which are bound to an ILE program. Here is an overview of the structure of
such a program....
The Linked List service program has been a very stable service program with a
The only thing that was a little bit clumsy was the sort function. The API
design of the function offered great flexibility. You could implement your
ILEDocs has some fresh additions, namely the API documentation of the projects
JSON Utilities, Linked List and Linked Map.
We have almost all of the projects on board which are currently on the old
documentation site at Sourceforge.net.
I had to work with a remote Oracle database lately and the choice was made to use
Scott's wrapper around the Java JDBC API.
The solution worked. Everything is fine. Is it? No it isn't.
I had to insert some thousand records into the...
Slowly but steadily the ILEDocs project is growing. Today with the new version
of the MESSAGE service program the API documentation has been uploaded to the
ILEDocs database, making the API publicly available without having to search through
For sure everybody heard about the Open Source PTFs with the git client and node
package, etc. But if you just want to use git to pull some code from a repository
you could have had that feature for years without installing any extra PTF.
A short while ago I stumbled over the C library libxlsxwriter from John McNamara
on github. It is a C library for creating XLSX documents. More specifically it creates
files in the Open Document spreadsheet format. Which can be used by Microsoft...
At the moment I have access to an RDi installation and use it on a daily
basis (besides using MiWorkplace =) ).
Some people have written about the new hover support for RDi which is quite
nice (and MiWorkplace has also a nice hover support to some...
Sometimes you have a block of code and just want to know how long it took the
machine to execute it.
The Java developers have some really cool metric libraries like the
Dropwizard subproject Metrics.
But for the quick and dirty case there is...
At the time I still developed the RPG Next Gen Editor I have received some requests regarding
offline support. It was not as much about editing the code but more about being able to view
the code (perhaps for some reviewing and later...
Modular programming is a software design technique that emphasizes separating the
functionality of a program into independent, interchangeable modules, such that
each contains everything necessary to execute only one aspect of the desired...
For some time now I had the idea to port a REST service of mine from Java to
RPG. Mostly just out of curiosity because the REST service was running well
enough. The REST service was about serving the geo coordinates of the boundaries
IBM i stands for integration. But it is most of the time very troublesome to connect to and integrate anything outside the IBM family. In the open world (outside the IBM i box) there are numerous ways to integrate and communicate between systems and...
Ever wanted a normal (blocking) socket connection to listen for data but also
wanted to check for a condition if it should stop listening?
Problem is that the default BSD 4.3 version of the socket API (which is the
default API to bind to) does not...
as you may have already read on the MiWorkplace release info I also have been
busy working on ILEDocs.
First: Some REST APIs have different paths now which renders it incompatible
with the previous version.
The good thing is that we now also...
First of all I want to make it clear that I have nothing against XMLSERVICE. I
think it is a nice tool though I never had to work with it due to my current
job and thus have no real life experience with it.
And this ranting is not really...
as some may have noticed I am moving some of my projects to the
OSSILE project. One of those projects
is Arraylist. As the OSSILE project now uses git submodules to manage
sub projects I have moved the source of Arraylist to its own...
continuous integration has been a topic on any other platform for some years
now. But on IBM i I never heard that term in any discussion.
There is a myriad of open source tooling support on any platform but not for IBM i ...
or rather there...
I am just moving my service program
Linked List to the OSSILE project
and I am again wondering if people know why there are two list implementations
and when to use which implemenation or when to use a list at all.
I am doing most of my...
As there is now a functioning ILEDocs site
available at rpgnextgen.com I added some real content to it.
The BlueDroplet project is now
in an alpha stage and can already be used for some REST services. The ILEDocs
documentation of the BlueDroplet...
BlueDroplet now supports changing the library list on startup. You can either
add library list entries to the user portion of the library list or replace the
whole user portion of the library list.
creating documentation has always been a major PITA in software development.
Tools try to ease the process of creating good documentation. There are
different kind of documentations (mostly different by the scope and/or detail