Thursday, June 29, 2017

RPGPGM.COM four years old

Wow! I find it hard to believe that I have been writing this blog for four years.

We have been fortunate to share this journey in an exciting time for the IBM i operating system. In all my years of working with this operating system, and is predecessors, there seems to be so much more functionality added every year than there was in the past. During these four years I have written almost 400 posts and pages, trying to share my enthusiasm for IBM i and what it can do.

I am extremely grateful to you all for reading this blog, taking the time to write comments and send me messages, via the Contact Form. I have been really touched by the feedback you have sent. This encouragement is the reason that I feel the urge to keep going.

I must give a special thank you to RZKH for providing me with access to one of their IBM i partitions, and being very responsive to my requests for TR upgrades. Without them this blog would not be possible. Vielen Dank.

I am a geography geek, as well as an IBM i one, and it has been interesting to see where in world people have visited this site from. It has amazed me where you all come from. I have provided a list of countries at the bottom of this list if you are curious too.

Well here’s to a fifth year of RPGPGM.COM, and another year of me avoiding my greatest fear, running out of things to write about.



Visitors from these countries


  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • Congo - Brazzaville
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe



  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia (Czech Republic)
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom



  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands

North America

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Caribbean Netherlands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands
  • United States


South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Falkland Islands
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela


  1. Congratulations and thank you Simon. As I continue to try to improve the way I do things I look to your

  2. Congratulations! Almost every blog post is very interesting; and so this site soon became a treasure.
    And you keep it growing! At least i do hope so!
    Thank you very much, greetings from Vienna, Austria, Europe!

  3. Wonder how many AS/400s there are in the Cayman Islands or in St. Kitts?

    1. If any IBMi sites in the West Indies/Caribbean would like me to come and assist them, I would love to come and help.

  4. Great Job Simon ! !

  5. Sergio L Puentes-ValladaresJune 29, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Estimado Simón GRACIAS por tu aporte y ayuda muchas veces tan bienvenida

  6. Congrats!! Simon you are doing a great job, this blog is gold, your articles are so helpfull , have fun. Thanks !

  7. congrats. i use your stuff all the time...its a blessing to the community.

    and if you're a geography geek, check out

    its simply amazing how little code you need to do some slick stuff.

  8. Simmon Congratulations !!!
    Thanks for your efforts, and the contributions to our daily activities, all i professionals can find help in this blog . Best wishes - Martin Avalos

  9. Simon

    In many occasions I visit your site in order to find interesting answers and to be updated.

    Thanks for do this great job for us

  10. Congrats Simon, such a great job.

  11. Congratulations Simon

  12. Congrats Simon. I love reading your articles. They've been very enlightening. Your blog is both a professional and personal joy.

  13. Congratulations Simon!
    Your blog is very helpful.
    It shows me new or other ways how to handle tasks ...
    I hope we can celebrate many more birthdays.

    Many Thanks

  14. Bon anniversaire

  15. Congratulations and salute from Montréal!
    And many tkx
    Robert L.

  16. Congratulations simon and God bless you.And thank you for your knowledge sharing with us in a high standard and for correct information in a right manner.

  17. Congrats Simon...your blogs are very helpful...thanks you for your knowledge sharing. .

  18. Congrats Simon, love to read all your posts and lot of learning from your blogs. Appreciate the effort that you put in writing these descriptive educative blogs.

  19. I really appreciate your blog style and bite size explanations. Here's to another 4 years of Power i. Any predictions on what will be the topics? I am guessing IOT micro services and automated AI programming.

  20. Happy Birthday! And many more!

  21. Thanks for the work you do. I have saved all of your tips and reference them from time to time.

  22. Dennis Marbella BascoJuly 3, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Can't believe it's been 4 years since you started. More years of blogging and sharing of your technical expertise on IBM i especially RPG. Thank you!

  23. Thank you Simon and congratulations... your blog posts helps us everyday.


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