The APIs by Example column provides useful coding examples of the many different APIs and API types that IBM provides in increasing numbers for each i5/OS release. The original idea was to establish a library of API samples for you to use as a starting point when faced with a programming challenge involving APIs. Over time, this intention has grown into putting the APIs in the context of CL commands and utilities in an attempt to add a practical and hopefully inspiring context to the many API code samples.
Today, I reverse the spotlight and cover the many commands and utilities that this column has introduced over the years. Although the APIs I mentioned in the titles and discussed in the articles might not have caught your eye back then, there’s still a chance that the commands could be useful, whether directly or in adapted form. So I’ve spent a little time in the archives digging up more than 50 previously published API-based CL commands and utilities with the intention of giving you the opportunity of breathing new life into them.