As a registered member of Search400.com, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter 3 of Free-Format RPG IV written by Jim Martin and published by MC Press. This chapter, "Input/Output Using Free Format," takes a look at the operations, options and built-in functions now available for database I/O, as well as for workstation I/O and printer output.
What could be more important than upgrading your RPG skills? Traditional fixed-format style RPG IV programmers everywhere are embracing the increased productivity, better readability and easier program maintenance that comes with the free-format style of programming in RPG IV. This book, a "how-to" guide and the first of its kind, will provide you with concise and thorough information on this powerful new way of coding RPG IV.
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Author Jim Martin not only teaches rules and syntax, but he also explains how this new style of coding has the potential to improve overall programmer productivity -- from initial development through maintenance. He methodically covers the "how to" involved in free-format RPG IV, including many style issues, such as named indicators and built-in functions. He also addresses input and output, program flow, data manipulation, and math operations. There is even a chapter on prototyping and APIs.>> Read Chapter 3, "Input/Output Using Free Format," now.
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This was first published in July 2005