More Free-Form for RPG, Part 3

Seems like folks can't get enough of the free-form control statements replacement for specs in RPG. Or maybe it's just that everyone who writes wants to talk about it. But this is all I'll say about it, so at least be glad about that.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

So far, we've covered free-format control statements and H control statements (Part 1), and file control statements (Part 2). What's left? Just data structure control statements, and the PI and PR control statements used for prototyping. So let's jump in.

The API Corner: Accessing System Information

It's easy with the Materialize Machine Attributes MI instruction.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

While RPG application developers can easily access job-related information, such as the current job date (special words such as UDATE or *DATE) and the current user of the program (offset 358 through 367 of the PSDS), there are (admittedly infrequent) times when the developer also needs specific pieces of system-related information. Items that rapidly come to mind are the serial number of the system and the name of the system, though I've also seen questions about the serial number of the LPAR the application is running on, how many processors there are on the system, and so on.

Are You Meeting the PCI DSS Security Standards?

Don’t take the requirements lightly; the cost of non-compliance could be very steep.

ira chandlerWritten by Ira Chandler

Acceptance of debit and credit cards is a growing requirement for businesses of all sizes. Since 2005, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI) has imposed strict mandates, the Data Security Standards (DSS), to ensure the security of the computer systems that process, transmit, and/or store sensitive credit card data.

ACO MONITOR: Managing Your IBM i Using Wireless Devices

Read on for an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office.

Written by DDL Systems, Inc.

Editor's Note: This article introduces the white paper "Automate IBM i Operations Using Wireless Devices" available free from the MC White Paper Center.


Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. Today's systems management applications monitor all critical tasks and make increasing use of your existing expertise and technology to maximize system availability, improve productivity, and increase customer service.

TechTip: Installing IBM Connections on IBM i, Part 1

I'm going to show you how to install Connections on IBM i over the course of a few TechTips.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In a recent article, I explained what IBM Connections is and why IBM i is a fantastic operating system to run it on. Installing Connections on other platforms requires a number of servers. While installation on IBM i is by far more simplistic, there are still a lot of steps.




WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances Firmware V7.0 Provides an Enhanced Gateway for Developers

IBM WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances are positioned to act as security and integration gateways for a full range of web, mobile, API, service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B, and cloud workloads.

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 for Linux Enhancements

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 expands to new third-party tools and enhances support for agile practices.

Vantage for IBM Sametime Compliance Modules Help You Meet Social Business Regulatory Requirements

IBM Sametime V9.0 helps accelerate your social business by enabling people to interact in real time, build trust, and make faster, better informed decisions.

mrc Wants to Help Application Software Vendors Close More Deals

Software developer michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) announced their new application software vendor partnership program. This program is designed to help application software vendors close a higher percentage of demos they give to prospects and keep their customers on maintenance longer.

More Automation, More Power

Bug Busters Software Engineering announced today that Release 10.0 of their RSF and RSF-HA applications for the IBM i. will be generally available on May 1.

Comodo Advises Patch to Run the Latest Version of OpenSSL in Light of "Heartbleed" Vulnerability

Vulnerability lies within flawed OpenSSL implementation, not with Comodo certificates or Comodo CA keys. Comodo offers free replacement of certificates on affected systems with immediate effect.



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