Thursday, June 10, 2021

Happy 8th birthday!

Wow! Another year has passed and RPGPGM.COM celebrates its eighth birthday today. I know I act surprised every year, I do so for two reasons:

  1. I cannot believe that another year has passed!
  2. There is more interesting IBM i stuff I have not written about yet

Despite lockdowns and COVID I have an exciting year:

I was very pleasantly surprised and honored to be recognized as an IBM Champion for the Power platform this year.

ibm champion for power 2021 logo

The RPGPGM.COM headquarters relocated from Southern California to Central Texas.

Founded the Central Texas IBM i User Group.


Presented nine times to various IBM i users groups in Europe and North America, including at COMMON's NAViGATE conference last month.

If you are involved with a local IBM i user group, anywhere in the world, and would be interested in my presenting to your group use the Contact Form, on the right, to message me. In a world of online meetings, distance is not a problem.

Every year I like to give my favorite posts of the past 12 months:

I try to pick just five, but always find more I think are worthy of including in this list.

I need to thank y'all (I can use that as I am now in Texas) for taking the time to read my work.

A special thank you to all of you who took the time to send me your feedback and encouragement, it has been the "fuel" that has kept me writing.

I need to say "vielen Dank" to RZKH for allowing me to use their IBM i partitions, and being responsive to my request to load and apply the latest PTFs.

Thank you to the advertizers. Without you I would not be able to run this web site and create the content it contains.

Well, that's it for this year. Onward into the ninth year for this blog. I wonder what exciting things the next 12 months will bring?


For those of you who know me you will know I am a bit of Geography geek. I have not done this for a few years: I wanted to know which countries in the world had visited this blog. There are so many it is easier to list the countries that have not:

  • Central African Republic (Africa)
  • Comoros (Africa)
  • Djibouti (Africa)
  • Equatorial Guinea (Africa)
  • Eritrea (Africa)
  • Kiribati (Oceania)
  • North Korea (Asia)
  • South Sudan (Africa)
  • Tonga (Oceania)
  • Tuvalu (Oceania)


  1. Happy bday rpgpgm

  2. Congratulations, this blog is getting more valuable with every post and i love it more and more and like to search it first when i have to look up something with RPG or SQL.
    Thank you very much and keep going!

  3. Congratulations

  4. Sandeep KhandelwalJune 10, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Congratulations Simon

  5. Happy Birthday rpgpgm

  6. Nirosh A. FernandoJune 10, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Great job..

  7. Congratulations Simon!

  8. thanks Simon! Happy birthday

  9. You have contributed a lot to IBM i community. Thank you.

  10. Very useful blog, I appreciate your efforts Simon !

  11. Allan Lindsay ArceJune 10, 2021 at 12:05 PM


  12. Happy Birthday and wishing many more.

  13. Happy bday rpgpgm, from Indonesia, keep making great contents.

  14. Happy birthday from Asuncion, Paraguay. Sudamerica. Adicted to Thanks for all your help.

  15. Congrats, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  16. Thank you for sharing your very helpful tips all these years.

    1. Reynaldo Dandreb MedillaJuly 7, 2021 at 4:35 AM

      yeah agree to that Charles, thats helpful of you Simon

  17. Happy Birthday!!!

  18. Congrats and many thanks for your help!

  19. Happy birthday

  20. Sergio Luis Puentes-ValladaresJune 11, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Thanks for sharing so much knowledge

  21. Happy Birthday

  22. Happy Birthday

  23. Congrats! on eighth birthday for RPGPGM.COM. Hope many more years to come.

  24. This site has helped me on more than one occasion, keep it going and Happy Birthday!!

  25. Thanks for sharing

  26. Bonne fête

  27. Congratulations !!! great service to the RPG programming community


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