Opening up RPG on the IBM i with Open I/O

Recently at the RPG & DB2 Summit in Minneapolis attendees received a special sneak peak look from Ian Jarman into IBMs upcoming releases for the i 6.1.1 and 7.1. Among the many interesting new capabilities and features Ian talked about that day, he briefly addressed a new feature that really got me and many others in the IBM i community excited.

This feature, aptly named RPG Open I/O, provides a new method for developers to utilize RPG. Scheduled to be released with the i 7.1 later in Q1 of 2010, this open I/O access would potentially provide vendors, developers, and anyone else in the IBM i community with an easier way to interface with various devices and platforms directly from native RPG operations. Open I/O has even been suggested as a path to finally achieving a truly native GUI interface for the IBM i.

So in todays video, I share the latest information and details we currently know about this exciting new feature. We will also be joined by Philip Roestamadji, Marketing Director at Profound Logic, who will share some of his take on this upcoming open I/O feature. Plus, we will share a few details regarding our work on new solutions to take advantage of this feature, and provide a special beta invitation to all the viewers here on Profound Logic TV.

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  1. #1 by Tommy Holden on November 6, 2009 - 6:20 am

    any idea if this will be able to be PTFed into v6.1? if so then i’ll beta test the functionality. if not then i won’t be able to do anything until v7.1 is made GA…

  2. #2 by Philip on November 9, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Hi Tommy,

    Technically, RPG Open I/O will not be available until 7.1.

    But with our beta, we provide a simulation of how RPG Open I/O works based on what is already known about this feature. That means that there will be some extra steps (mostly automated) that will be required to create the RPG programs.

    The beta will begin with a web meeting where we will demonstrate how the solution works. Then, we would provide you with the necessary details on how you can install it on your system.

    If this is of interest, just send an email to openiobeta at profoundlogic dot com.


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