Looks like IBM had a but of a flub on the ‘Redpaper‘ site … a redpaper showed up on my planet.midrange.com RSS feed with the title ‘i5/OS Program Conversion: Getting ready for i5/OS V6R1’. The abstract was quite interesting …

Abstract: IBM® plans to deliver i5/OS® V6R1 in 2008. With this new release, IBM will require conversion of all programs created underprevious releases that use the i5/OS Machine Interface (MI). This conversion upgrades and refreshes programs to take advantage of the latest system enhancements, including enhanced system integrity, improved performance, and a range of new operating system and processor capabilities. In order for a program to be converted, its creation data (sometimes referred to as observability) must be available. Programs created for V5R1 or later have their creation data automatically saved during program creation. Clients and ISVs with programs created for OS/400® V4R5 and earlier need to ensure that the creation data is available for the conversion process.

Sadly, the redpaper is no longer available. I suspect it was prematurely released.

Needless to say, the information contained in the redpaper was pretty darn interesting … especially for those ISV’s that support multiple releases at once.

[tags]ibm, redpaper, redpiece, System i, iseries, i5/os[/tags]

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David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.