Last Updated on 20 November 2021 by Roberto De Pedrini
In the episode of November 15, 2021, Power Coffee number 31, Marco presents us some free tools for the RPG conversion from Fixed to Free, coming to recommend a real conversion flow to obtain a better result.
Anyone using Rational Rdi will have already used the product’s native Fixed-Free conversion option … which does a decent job with the program’s “C” specs and sadly, nothing with the HFD and O specs. In Power Coffee we see instead with Marco:
The utilities JCRMDS by Craig Rutledge , which allow to convert step by step different parts of our sources, including HFD specifications, * ENTRY Plist, Klist and cCVTRPGFREE by Paul de Valmency , which in just one step already does an excellent job.
Excellent guide and excellent advice for converting RPG Fixed programs, perhaps even starting from RPG / 400 sources.
RPGFREEWEB By Liam Allan
I add to the list of tools recommended by Marco Riva, also this excellent service, based on the homonymous project GitHub RPGFREEWEB by Liam Allan (thanks for existing Liam!) … a Web App where you can copy and paste the Fixed source to recover the Free one:
Personally I use this Liam tool … I find it very convenient to open the source in Rational Rdi, ctr-a copy everything …. ctrl-v paste it into RGPFREEWEB and then do the reverse with the converted code (and maybe work on it a bit from Rdi).
This project is also Open Source and we can help improve the conversion or handling of particular cases that we find in our sources … creating value also for those who will use it in the future:
Roberto De Pedrini