IBM announced last week that Rational Open Access: RPG Edition (RPG OA) will be available as a free PTF on IBM i 6.1.1 and 7.1.1 systems, starting February 14th. RPG OA was previously a licensed product and IBM’s announcement means everyone can now use it without charge.
Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, which is easier to talk and write about if it’s shortened to RPG OA (if the Rational trademark police isn’t around to rough you up), is a method that allows RPG opcodes, which have limited interfacing capabilities–DB2 database tables and 5250 display files are two examples–to interface with devices and resources RPG was not designed to support using its I/O model. Web browsers, mobile devices, Web services, XML files, external databases, and spreadsheets are some of the examples.
Definitely worth checking out.