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Control Language Programming for IBM i

Jim Buck, Bryan Meyers, and Dan Riehl


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  • Whether you are a novice programmer who needs to get up to speed on the ins and outs of CL or an experienced professional looking for a daily CL reference, this comprehensive book is the guide you need. Here, you will find all the must-know basics of the CL language, as well as full coverage of its latest and most powerful features--including structured programming capabilities, file processing enhancements, and the Integrated Language Environment (ILE).

    The book introduces the basics quickly for those without any previous knowledge of CL. Progressing methodically into more complex processes and concepts, it guides readers smoothly toward a professional grasp of CL programming techniques and style.In addition to 25 chapters covering CL from start to finish, the book includes a condensed reference appendix to the most commonly used CL commands, as well as appendices addressing the essentials of programming tools and debugging. End-of-chapter review questions and programming assignments complete your master course in CL and make the book suitable for use in a classroom or tutorial setting. Students who plan careers as IBM i programming professionals will find this book essential reading.

    With Control Language Programming for IBM i, you will:

    • Learn the role of CL in the IBM i environment
    • Understand the IBM i user interface and programming tools
    • Recognize the data types supported by CL and when to use them
    • Use program variables-including pointer-based variables and data structures
    • Use structured statements to organize CL processing and control workflow
    • Perform program and procedure calls-passing parameters
    • Understand critical ILE concepts-including procedures and activation groups
    • Integrate IBM application programming interface (API) programs with CL
  • Jim Buck's career in IT spans more than 25 years, primarily in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. He is a programmer/analyst instructor at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin; seven-year president of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA); and recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation--Education Excellence Award. Jim has been instrumental in creating an advisory board for Gateway's IBM i curriculum, developing classes and seminars in IBM's programming software, and opening networking opportunities for students.

    Bryan Meyers is well known to System i technicians as the author of a number of popular books and frequent articles. His programming, management, and consulting career has spanned most of the IBM midrange history. Currently, Bryan presents IBM i training to organizations worldwide in a variety of environments, including onsite training, video programs, and online learning.

    Dan Riehl is President of The 400 School, Inc., a leading provider of technical training for IBM i systems. He is also President of the IT Security and Compliance Group, LLC, which provides security consulting, training, and software for IBM i. For more than 20 years, Dan has been a writer and technical editor for System iNEWS magazine, where he writes articles related to system security, system management, and other technical topics.
  • Item Number: 5507
    Author Name: Jim Buck, Bryan Meyers and Dan Riehl
    Publication Date: September 1, 2011
    Edition: First
    Pages: 592
    ISBN-10: 1583473580
    ISBN-13: 9781583473580
    Format: Paperback
    Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10 inches
    Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
    Language: English

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