This course is the first in a series of three courses designed for programmers who are new to RPG IV. Basic programming experience is required. The student should have attended at least an introductory course to programming such as one of those available at technical colleges. The student is not taught the concepts of programming.
Experienced programmers who are new to the Power System with IBM i should also attend this course. Examples of other programming languages are BASIC, COBOL or RPG II.
This course is not designed for RPG III programmers who want to learn RPG IV. The Moving from RPG/400 to System i RPG IV (OE85) (OE850) course is designed to satisfy this need, when it is available in your geography. This course is too basic for experienced RPG III programmers.
If Moving from RPG/400 to System i RPG IV (OE85) (OE850) is not offered in your geography, you should attend this course instead.
The term RPG/400 refers to both System/38 RPG as well as IBM i (AS/400) RPG/400 (also known as RPG III).
This course focuses entirely on the features of the RPG IV Version 7 compiler and the techniques that this compiler provides. Features of V7 are discussed.
Previous techniques and the maintenance of programs written using legacy techniques, such as fixed format calculations, are not covered in the classroom. Some additional material and the bibliography will assist the new RPG IV programmer in the maintenance of legacy applications.