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August 12, 2011 | Volume 8 Issue 32


TOP STORY: TechTip: Exploring the GeoNames Free Web Services, Part II: Country Info
FEATURED ARTICLE: Building Mobile Apps with ToolboxME for iSeries
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Command Access Can Bring Unexpected Consequences
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Provides an Evaluation Option for Open Access RPG Edition 
FORUM: XLATE and Character String Manipulation
BUYER'S GUIDE: FormFlex Electronic Forms and Secure MICR Laser Checks
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Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: Exploring the GeoNames Free Web Services, Part II: Country Info

This TechTip series explores the useful yet simple Web services of GeoNames. We started with the time zone API, and now we'll combine two other Web services in order to retrieve data about a country, using an address or set of GPS coordinates as a starting point.

rafael_victoria_preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Now that we know how to find a time zone (given an address or set of GPS coordinates), let's find out more about the country! For that, I'll use the Country Info REST Web Service. As with the previous tip of this series, I won't discuss the methodology—only the highlights of the Web services used here—so if you haven't read the first tip, it might be a good idea to do it now.


Feature Article - Programming
Building Mobile Apps with ToolboxME for iSeries

With minimal Java skills, you too can build an application to access IBM i resources from a wireless device.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

With all of the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry applications available today, and many of the major banks and retailers building their own mobile applications for customers, it's only a matter of time before developers are faced with questions about mobile access to IBM i servers.


Advertorial - PowerTech
Partner TechTip: Command Access Can Bring Unexpected Consequences

PowerTech Command Security controls command use on your system.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Recently, I was approached at a tradeshow by the CIO of an organization running IBM Power Systems servers. He asked if I could help with a security dilemma his company had encountered. It seems that they had recently experienced an "unplanned outage" after an administrator inadvertently issued a PWRDWNSYS command while mentoring a new operator.


MC Showcase Buyer's Guide Featured Product

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