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In the Wheelhouse: The Question of Hiring IBM i Talent

Hiring new people may not be as complicated as we make it out to be.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

My task this spring was to hire a developer. We knew which way the business wanted to grow and needed some additional full-time development help to begin with. We had some "legacy" IBM Domino applications that desperately needed a refresh in terms of functionality and web enablement, plus we needed to be more flexible in doing custom development to augment the primary ERP systems. Also, the ability for new apps to be built with a responsive design was a must-have, given our growing demand for mobile computing.

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Technology Focus: Finding What Shouldn't Be Broken with Software Testing Tools

Bugs in software can be due as much to organizational problems as bad coding. Finding errors reliably often requires some help.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

When you stop and consider how complex some of today's software applications can be, it can seem like a minor miracle that they work as advertised. As we all know though, applications often don't do what they're supposed to do or don't do it the right way. When that happens, software testing tools and methodologies can be an important remedy.

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RPG Academy: Parameters: What You Should Know, Part 2

We started with VALUE. Now it's time to talk about CONST and compare the two keywords: the pros and cons and when you should use each. Even if you always use these keywords, read on. You might be surprised.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Let's start with a quick recap of the previous TechTip. In RPG, parameters passed between programs are, by default, passed by reference. In other words, what is passed when program A calls program B are the references to the locations (or addresses) in memory of the parameters used, not the contents of the parameters. However, when you call a procedure or a function, you're allowed to choose how the parameters should be passed.

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TechTip: A Hidden Tax with SQL Programs and SQL Packages

If your environment shares one set of embedded SQL programs or SQL packages among multiple library lists, you may be paying a performance penalty for access plan rebuilds.
Written by Michael Sansoterra

Thanks to the spectacular library list concept, it's common to have multiple instances of application data libraries on the IBM i. Further, a typical IBM i application stores its programs in one or more object libraries, separate from the data libraries. This configuration allows a single set of application programs to operate on multiple, independent data libraries.

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Simple Steps for Performance Tuning Domino on IBM i

With the absence of a notes.ini entry of MakeDominoGoFast=1, I'll show you how to tune Domino to get valuable performance increases with some simple solutions.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Making Domino run lean and mean is similar to tuning other applications on IBM i. There are things you can do based on your environment to make Domino perform better on some systems that won't make much difference on others. There are also plenty of additional factors at the hardware and operating system level, such as the existing workload of the partition that Domino is hosted on, the amount of disk arms in use, and the communications infrastructure both on the system and attached to the system.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

Merger Gives IBM i Market a Fresche Look

looksoftware joins the Fresche Legacy family, creating the only complete and one-stop application management and modernization partner for IBM i users. 

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Halcyon Software Announces New Monitoring Solution for Linux on IBM Power Systems

Halcyon Software today announced the immediate availability of a new Linux on Power agent that runs on IBM Power Systems to ensure that the Linux operating system performs correctly.

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IBM Domino Utility Server V9.0.1 adds IBM Notes Browser Plug-in

The Notes Browser Plug-in allows web-based users to access traditional IBM Notes applications from Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers, without modification.

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Worklight Foundation Cloud Offers Easy-to-Use, Dedicated, Scalable Mobile Environment on SoftLayer

IBM Worklight Foundation Cloud Edition V6.2 delivers the benefits of the Worklight Foundation V6.2 mobile application platform in a cloud environment.

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IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud Service Adds Case Handling and Enhanced Mobile Uis

New features are built into IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) on Cloud.

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Midrange Performance Group Announces Navigator MAX

Midrange Performance Group (MPG) today announces the general availability of Navigator MAX.

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mrc's New Educational Event Program Helps Businesses Capitalize on New Technology

Designed for mrc clients and non-clients alike, these free online events will help businesses better understand and capitalize on changing technology.

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RPG applications’ modernization to free-format under TD/OMS software change management control and i

Remain Software and Linoma Software partnership

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