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I really like the IBMi Development Pack for Visual Studio Code. I apparently need to set up a couple of things to stop the source code dates from being zeroed out when the source member is saved to the IBMi.
Source code dates are considered important in our shop. If I can't get things working well enough with the source code dates, then I have to stay with RDi. :(

The COBOL extension by BitLang, which is bundled in the IBMi Development Pack, now includes the following source member file name extensions: *.cbl, *.cblle, *sqlcblle, and *cblcpy.
The owner (spgennard) was very responsive when I made this request.

If you want syntax highlighting for SQL source code (e.g., DB2 for i SQL stored procedures), then the PL/SQL extension by Casian Ruset works relatively well for syntax highlighting. PL/SQL is Oracle's implementation of the SQL/PSM standard. SQL PL is IBM's implementation of the SQL/PSM standard. These two implementations are not the same. But the syntaxes are close enough that the syntax highlighting works fairly well for SQL PL.

I use Visual Studio Code for editing other languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript. I will be using it for .NET development later this year or early next year. I also used it while playing around with React/JSX. I am definitely motivated to use Visual Studio Code for IBMi development--I just need to figure out how to handle the source code dates.


Kelly Cookson
Senior Software Engineer II
Dot Foods, Inc.
1-217-773-4486 ext. 12676

-----Original Message-----
From: COBOL400-L <cobol400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:59 PM
To: cobol Programming on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <cobol400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [COBOL400-L] Liam Alan on using VS Code for COBOL (and RPG and CL)

Those of you who are still stuck with SEU due the price of RDi might be interested in seeing what Liam's IBM i extension can do for you. Cos you _really_ need to put SEU in your past!

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