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TechTip: C# for RPGers – C# and RPG Basic Data Types Compared, Part 1

Time to start learning about the C# language itself! Learn which basic data types you can use and how they relate to their RPG counterparts in the first hands-on TechTip of this series.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

This is probably the moment you’re waiting for if you’ve been following this series of TechTips since its inception. It’s time for some hands-on work. So fire up Visual Studio and get ready to write some C# code!

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Book Review: DB2 10.1/10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Guide

This is a practical book for everyday use. If you'll be working with DB2 for LUW Version 10.1 or 10.5, you should have a copy on your desk.

troy colemanReviewed by Troy L. Coleman

If you’re looking for a book that presents a well-rounded overview of DB2 for LUW and you’d like to know what’s new in versions 10.1 and 10.5, look no further. DB2 10.1/10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide (Exams 611 and 311) can serve as a training guide for a beginner, a DB2 certification preparation tool for an advancing professional, or a reference guide for a database expert.

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TechTip: i Illuminate 7.3 – Time-Turner

Traveling back in time is easy and can answer important questions. Take the next step with Scott on this journey through the castle.

Written by Scott Forstie

Glad you could join me for episode two of this series. When I last talked to you, I had just learned what house the Sorting Hat had chosen for me. In an unexpected turn of events, I am bound for the house of Slytherin. Unlike some before me, I don’t resist the decision, bowing to the wisdom of the enchanted hat. Perhaps I’m comforted by the knowledge that my path will be influenced by future decisions that I can control.

 

My housemates welcome me with open arms and wary looks. After some time has passed, I have settled into a routine of training and competition. I am intrigued by the possibilities that lie before me. Much like my life here in the castle, DB2 for i on IBM i 7.3 provides similar opportunities for new adventures.

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TechTip: Cloud Computing and Operational Transformation

As the move to service-based IT continues, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of many of the IT roles are very quickly being transformed.

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 7 of IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

The biggest changes that cloud computing brings to an enterprise are changes in mindset and operational transformation. While some of these changes are abstract, there are very concrete things that IT organizations can and should do to take full advantage of the cloud environment. From redefining roles to taking on new responsibilities, this chapter discusses the various operational and organizational transformations afoot in large IT organizations.

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My Favorite IBM i 7.3 Enhancements for Developers

IBM has officially announced IBM i 7.3. Here are some additions that interest me.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It is that time again. IBM has lifted the veil on the new version of the IBM i operating system. IBM i 7.3 is full of enhancements of all sizes. There is certainly a lot to read up on, and I have not been able to kick the tires on some of these enhancements yet. I plan to do just that in the near future.

 

In the meantime, I thought I would point out the enhancements that, in my opinion, are useful or interesting to me as a developer. These features may help you make the case to your management to start planning your upgrade.

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BCD Software and Midrange Dynamics Announce Strategic Partnership

Midrange Dynamics’ flagship change management tool, MDCMS, now integrates with BCD’s WebSmart PHP web application development solution.

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IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance

IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance V8.8 are designed to deliver more cost-effective data, process, and service solutions.

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IBM Expands Flash Storage Solutions to Target New, Intelligent Apps in the Cloud

IBM announced an expansion of its flash storage portfolio to help clients more quickly extract value from data.

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IBM Cloud Object Storage System V3.8

IBM Cloud Object Storage System V3.8 delivers the capability to store petabytes to exabytes of unstructured data on industry-standard servers to create a software-defined, object storage solution.

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IBM Boosts Support to OpenStack’s RefStack Project to Advance Common Language between Clouds

IBM announced it has contributed significant new features to the RefStack Project, which was created as part of the OpenStack community’s effort to drive interoperability across clouds.

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2016 IBM i Security Study Exposes Lack of Virus Protection and System Auditing

HelpSystems today released the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study.

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IBM Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management V6.0.2

IBM Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management V6.0.2 provides engineering teams with a higher level of development efficiency, better quality, and higher productivity.

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Rational Rhapsody V8.1.5 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager V6.0.2

IBM Rational Rhapsody V8.1.5 and IBM Rational Rhapsody Design Manager V6.0.2 offer improved stability and usability to help with user productivity.

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