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This is an intermediate course for application developers and programmers, system analysts, and Information Technology (IT) managers who also develop and maintain IBM i applications.

System operators should not attend this class.


Delegates must be familiar with the basics of IBM i, they should be able to:

  • Navigate IBM i menus.
  • Use common IBM i commands.
  • Use IBM i Help and IBM i Information Center.
  • Use a Windows-based PC and navigate PC menus and windows.
  • Explain programming concepts.
  • Write a simple program in any programming language.

These prerequisites can be met by attending the Introduction to IBM i for New Users (OE98) course.


5 days.


This course provides an introduction to the facilities available in IBM i. The course includes a number of hands-on machine exercises to provide delegates the opportunity to use and experiment with the features discussed.

Facilities covered by the course material include:

  • Rational Developer for IBM i.
  • LPEX Editor.
  • Remote Systems Explorer (RSE).
  • Screen Designer and Report Designer.
  • Programming Development Manager (PDM).
  • Source Entry Utility (SEU).
  • Control Language (CL).
  • Access for Windows and IBM i Navigator.
  • Interactive SQL.

The following are also covered, but with less emphasis:

  • Screen Design Aid (SDA).
  • Data File Utility (DFU).
  • Web Query/Query for IBM i.

Course objectives include:

  • Describe what application development tools are available.
  • Identify platform where tools are used.
  • Describe purpose and use of each tool.
  • Create a user profile, library, output queue, and job description.
  • Describe the key elements of work management, security, and device files.
  • Write a basic Control Language (CL) program to run application programs.
  • Define physical and logical files on IBM i.
  • Create physical and logical files.
  • Use the basic features of the LPEX Editor to enter and maintain file definitions.
  • Use the basic features of the Screen and Report Designer to design, create, and maintain displays and reports.
  • Use Interactive SQL and IBM i Navigator to create schema, tables, views, and indexes.


IBM i application development tools.
IBM i concepts and overview.
IBM i Access/Navigator.
Managing workflow on the IBM i.
Commands, profiles, and libraries.
Introduction to IBM i security.
Control Language programming.
Basic message handling.
Creating reports and displays.
DB2 UDB for IBM i Accessing the IBM i database using SQL and IBM i Navigator.
Defining database files using Data Description Specifications (DDS).
Using the legacy toolset (Program Development Manager (PDM), SEU, CPYF).

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