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April 14, 2010 | Volume 1 Issue 1


IBM i V7.1 OVERVIEW: The First Major Release of IBM i since 2008, IBM i 7.1 Touches Every Aspect of the OS

SPECIAL FEATURE: V7's RPG Enhancements Include Open Access!
SPECIAL FEATURE: Sneak Peek of the New Security Features in V7
SPECIAL FEATURE: Now Introducing XML in SQL on DB2 for IBM i!
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Special Feature - Programming
V7's RPG Enhancements Include Open Access!

Other enhancements include extended capabilities for sorting and searching arrays, a new "mailmerge" scan-and-replace function, the ability to use the database's long names, and relaxed prototyping requirements.

JonParis_SusanGantnerWritten by Jon Paris and Susan Gantner

So did the Easter Bunny bring plenty of RPG goodies in his basket this year? You betcha. There's a lot to like in this new release, but perhaps more importantly, IBM has delivered on the promise of starting to open up the language to allow others to participate in its evolution. Back in the fall of 2009, IBM began dropping hints about an upcoming feature for RPG that they referred to as Open I/O. Subsequently, the name was changed to Open Access (OA) or, formally, Rational Open Access: RPG Edition. One might conclude from this name that perhaps IBM intends to offer the same capabilities for COBOL in the future, but so far there has been no statement to that effect.


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Special Feature - Security
Sneak Peek of the New Security Features in V7

In this article, security expert Carol Woodbury provides an explanation of the new security features provided in V7.

carol_woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

The IBM i operating system is famous for being one of the most securable systems available in the market, and IBM continues to take steps to ensure it stays that way.


Special Feature - Programming
Now Introducing XML in SQL on DB2 for IBM i!

With 7.1, you can create XML columns, insert XML values, publish XML values, and so much more.

jon_triebenbachWritten by Jon Triebenbach

XML has become the standard for document and data interchange on the Internet and is a key technology in the support for service-oriented architecture (SOA). This open standard allows the interchange of data between closed-architecture and open-architecture data management systems. Its use in SQL has been standardized by the SQL/XML standards and has become an ISO and ANSI standard. IBM has added many features for using XML within SQL in the 7.1 release for IBM i.


IBM i 7.1 Announcement Highlights
The First Major Release of IBM i since 2008, IBM i 7.1 Touches Every Aspect of the OS

Among numerous upgrades, one of the most noteworthy enhancements is full database support of XML, while changes to RPG will permit sending data to a variety of pervasive devices.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

IBM announced a significant new release of IBM i this week, the first major release to the operating system since 2008. While IBM i 7.1 touches on nearly every aspect of the operating system, making it easier to work with new technologies such as XML, the company took the opportunity also to announce enhancements to the RPG language that will make it easier for developers and ISVs to interface with mobile devices and Web services. The company also announced new BladeCenter hardware running the POWER7 chip.


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