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The IBM i Programming Environment series introduces you to application development on an IBM i system. The series describes the programming languages that are commonly used to develop applications in the IBM i environment, as well as the tools available for developing programs.

Emphasis is placed on the development of ILE programs using modern tools such as Rational Developer for i (RDi) and the Remote Systems Explorer (RSE). However, the legacy development tools PDM and SEU are also covered.

A major part of program development in the IBM i environment is working with DB2 for i, the database management system that is an integral part of every IBM i system. The series covers DB2 concepts and describes how to create a database file using both SQL and DDS. You will also see the tools available for entering SQL statements and performing database queries.

This series also describes the advanced features and capabilities of ILE. The features and capabilities described in this course allow you to:

  • More easily manage ILE programs
  • Write more sophisticated applications
  • Improve the performance of your ILE applications

Approximate Study Time for the Entire Series: 9-11 hours


This series is intended for application developers and programmers who are new to the IBM i environment. However, it can be taken by anyone interested in learning about the tools used to develop programs in the IBM i environment.


This series assumes that you have a basic knowledge of IBM i facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the Manta series Introduction to the IBM i Environment.

You may also have obtained these skills by taking other courses or through relevant work experience.