For years, I've been asked, "How do I access a third-party database from an RPG program?" I've been asked this question about Sybase, Oracle, Clipper, MySQL, PostgreSQL, dBase, and SQL Server. My answer has always been "RPG's support for Java makes it possible to call JDBC drivers." Recently, I needed to do this myself, because my company has two FreeBSD machines running MySQL, and I needed access to them from an RPG program. In this article, I show you the steps that ...

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