XML has become the standard for exchanging complex data, and i is quickly becoming the standard platform for processing it.
By Joe Pluta
Passing business data from one machine to another has always been one of the more difficult issues, but one of the most common standards today is XML. XML has a number of features that make it very powerful for data interchange but that don't mesh with the fixed records and fields of traditional i languages. However, each release of i provides new capabilities that make it easy for i programmers to work in the XML world. In this article, we'll examine some of the features that have been added in recent releases, including Version 6.1.
How is an organization or an ISV supposed to keep up in these challenging times?
By Mark Duignan
The IBM Power System marketplace is in decline.
Some in the IBM i user community petition and plead with IBM to "market the IBM i server" so that it is acceptable within their organizations. However, the level of IBM marketing is not the real problem. Most IBM i users got involved with the platform simply because their organizations purchased an ISV solution that executed on it (e.g., BPCS, MAPICS). No matter how much they love the IBM i hardware and OS now, the marketplace was built by ISV solutions, not by the wonderful iSeries hardware/OS combination.