Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy fifth birthday to RPGPGM.COM

Today marks the fifth anniversary of this blog. These five years have been an exciting time for IBM i, and I have been fortunate to have been able to write about many of the wonderful features and functions that have been added to this operating system. Over these years I have written over 450 posts, and if I had to select five of my most favorite things I have written about, and frequently use, they would be:

  1. Free format definitions in RPG
  2. Full free RPG allowing the code to start in the first column of the source member and end wherever.
  3. Using SQL in CL.
  4. The SQL table function that allows me to search the History log.
  5. Audit columns on files/tables that Db2 for i updates for me.

I am going to add a sixth, even though I do not use it as frequently as those above, I do see it as a "game changer".

  1. Using Temporal Tables to look back into the history of my data.

One the reasons I keep going is the wonderful feedback I received from many of you. I thank all of you very much who have taken the time to send me feelings about this web site.

I need to say a special vielen Dank to the folks at RZKH for allowing me to use one of their IBM i partitions. Without them I would not have a place to write all the code examples I have shared.

This year I have noticed that RPGPGM.COM has been receiving traffic from China. This is, in my opinion, excellent news, as previously it had been blocked by the Great Firewall of China for many years.

As I mentioned last year I am a geography geek, so it was exciting to discover that people from these countries had visited this web site for the first time in the past year:

  1. Bahamas
  2. Cape Verde
  3. Congo - Kinshasa
  4. Cook Islands
  5. Mali
  6. Sint Maarten
  7. Tajikistan

This brings the total to 214 countries! (I do not count Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, and the Åland Islands as countries)

I also want to thank you for reading this blog. Without you there is no point in me writing this blog.


  1. Congratulations and thank you for your work!
    Always happy to see a new post and so i'm really looking forward for the posts of the next 5 years!

  2. Congrats ...

  3. Thanks a lot Simon ! Keep going.. wishing many more years !!

  4. Congratulations Simon.
    Thanks for your excelent job.
    Regards from Spain.

  5. This is a great blog for learners coming into the wonderful world of the AS400, thanks for this blog Simon and congratulations

  6. Ven John CongertonJune 10, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Great work, thanks.

  7. Dennis Marbella BascoJune 10, 2018 at 11:30 PM

    Happy fifth!

  8. Markus Conchita KasallaJune 11, 2018 at 7:02 AM

    It's unbelievable, that in only five years you've built one of the richest, most useful and best organized sources about modern RPG out there. Congrats and thank you!

  9. Thanks for the excellent content!

  10. I catch this post only two years ago since then it has been a constant new experience every post. Congratulations.


  11. I must say that this is the most useful IBM i website I use and is usually the first place I go to look for IBM i solutions. It’s incredible what you have built in five years! Thanks Simon for all your efforts.

  12. Congrats! Thanks for your all your work, I have really appreciated your insights.

  13. and ditto all the accolades above!

  14. Bibin Chacko PanickerJune 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Congratulations!! and Thank You!!!

  15. Thank you for this service of yours to our community.

  16. Wednesday wouldn't be the same without seeing your latest blog entry.

  17. You got a lotta stuff going on out there on the ol' interweb, some of it qualifies as good.
    Then sometimes you find the better stuff and on a good day you might even stumble on some great stuff.
    And then you have this site where you'll only find the really great stuff!

    Thank you Simon and please keep up the good work!

  18. Congratulations!!! and Thank you for


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