My Favorite Things about RDi

9-20-2016, Meetings, Directors

In this session, Susan will cover her very favorite things about using RDi to develop RPG code. RDi (aka Rational Developer for i or for IBM i) is now the only editor that fully supports today's IBM i languages, since IBM has stopped updating SEU for new language features. But that's not the best reason to move from SEU to RSE.

Come to this session to see her demonstrate her favorite productivity features in RDi that will make you wonder why you spent so many years using SEU! What will be your favorite? Perhaps the program outline, the verifier, content assist, filtering or simply the fact that the tab key works!


Susan Gantner is an IBM i evangelist - she firmly believes it is the very best platform for business applications. Her background is application development and her primary language is RPG. Other languages certainly have their place in today's modern applications but for business logic, it's hard to beat today's modern free format version of RPG.

Susan has worked both inside and outside IBM. After application programming for 10 years, she joined IBM as a Systems Engineer and later worked in both the IBM Rochester and IBM Toronto labs, supporting developers on IBM i. She was fortunate enough to be part of the team who created the still popular IBM Redbook, Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV? and other IBM Redbooks. She has authored a wide variety of articles on the subject of modern development tools, techniques and languages for IBM i.

Today - post IBM - she works primarily as an educator teaching modern application development techniques - via on-site classes customized for a specific companys needs and at conferences, such as the RPG & DB2 Summit.


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