10 Reasons IBM i Developers May Want to Take a Closer Look at Microsoft .NET

What language will you choose when you're ready to go to the next level?

Written by Lee Paul

Development languages. There are many of them! If you're curious, the Tiobe Index ranks them for you based on popularity calculated from various search engines. For November, C is #1 again, Java is at #2, PHP is at #6, and C# is at #5. COBOL has fallen a spot to #28, CL gets in at #65, and RPG ekes out a spot in the top 100 at #93. Check out the new Google Trends tool for another comparison. For the most part, RPG and COBOL hold our legacy on the IBM i, while Java and PHP are the platform favorites and are heavily positioned by IBM for the future.

Environmental Hazards to Peak Performance

Find out why network monitoring is so important for IBM i managers.

Written by CCSS

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Environmental Hazards to Peak Performance" available free from the MC White Paper Center.


A professional athlete must consider several factors in order to deliver his best performance. The food he eats, the way he physically trains and mentally prepares, as well as his strategy and technique all play a part in deriving the best result. Imagine that athlete was completely prepared when he started the race of his life, having attended to all these things, only to have his performance ruined when he was struck by lightning. Unfortunate, some would say, but that's life.

Protecting Your Passwords on IBM i

Many recent hacks have accessed networks and then accessed databases by obtaining administrator credentials (user IDs and passwords). Databases of emails and passwords are also being stolen from breached organizations. Carol discusses how to reduce password abuse.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

You may not realize it, but many of the organizations recently breached are large IBM i shops. The general public never knows whether our beloved IBM i was breached because that information is never published. But to dismiss the possibility out of hand and ignore steps that you can take to protect your organization and—more importantly—the data on your IBM i systems is putting that data at significant risk. This article focuses on protecting passwords since exploiting stolen credentials (user IDs and passwords) is one method being used by hackers to gain access to data.

Book Review: Subfiles in Free-Format RPG

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, this book has something for you.

mike_faustWritten by Mike Faust

For System i developers, mastering the ability to develop subfile applications is an absolute must! In Subfiles in Free-Format RPG, Kevin Vandever takes the reader through the subfile concept—from start to finish. Unlike other books on the topic, this one specifically focuses on coding subfile applications in free-format RPG and does an excellent job of explaining how to use subfiles in the modern rendition of the RPG language.

Why the Zend Conference Matters to IBM i Folks

Each of us is an evangelist for the i, a voice heard in the wilderness. But to make that voice heard, we need to get out there where the people who are not part of our "i world" live.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I just got back from ZendCon, the annual conference for Zend, the people who bring you PHP and its interface on the IBM i.


It was a great experience and not just because of the weather. Santa Clara, California, in October. Sunny skies, exceptionally nice temps in the low 70s. Even though the hotel was connected to the convention center, I went out of my way to walk outside coming and going.



HelpSystems Announces Enhancements to Centralized User Profile Management Tool

PowerAdmin 2.0 saves time and improves IBM i security by simplifying user profile management, creation, and auditing.

looksoftware Announces Version 10.1.1

Version 10.1.1 is now available to power your IBM i applications even further!

Introducing the Next-Generation PHP IDE: ZEND STUDIO 12

This major release provides key new features and improvements.

CNX Announces Release of Valence Framework 4.1

Features native portal app for iOS devices and updated user interface components.

Linoma Software Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Linoma Software is celebrating 20 years in helping organizations around the world to automate their IT processes and protect sensitive data.

Connections Cloud Expands Support for Regulatory Requirements, Delivers Mobile Flexibility

IBM Connections Cloud provides one-click access to business-grade file sharing, social networking, communities, online meetings, instant messaging, email, and calendar.

UrbanCode Release and Deploy V6.1.1 Offers Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data apps in Hybrid Environments

IBM UrbanCode Release and Deploy offerings provide continuous software release and deployment capability across hybrid environments, a must for effective and rapid continuous delivery.

IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance V8.7 Deliver Data, Process, and Service Solutions

IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance V8.7 can help clients accelerate project development and deployment..

IBM Unified Data Model for Healthcare V9.0 Delivers More Cost-Effective Data Solutions

IBM Unified Data Model for Healthcare V9.0 is part of the IBM InfoSphere software portfolio.



Security Admin Tasks - Examining the Audit Journal

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See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development

Your applications deserve more than just a new look! Change the perception of the IBM i as “old” with modern development tips from IBM and Profound Logic Software.
Watch as Barbara Morris, Brian May and Alex Roytman dive beneath the GUI surface to show the benefits of:


  • Working with free-format RPG in IBM i TR7
  • Breaking free from “The Cycle” of traditional RPG development
  • Going beyond the 10 character limit in display and database files
  • And more!

You'll also see a live demonstration of these techniques as the presenters create a modern web application before your eyes! 


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Offer good through December 31, 2013.


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