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10 Reasons IBM i Developers May Want to Take a Closer Look at Microsoft .NET

What language will you choose when you're ready to go to the next level?

Written by Lee Paul

Development languages. There are many of them! If you're curious, the Tiobe Index ranks them for you based on popularity calculated from various search engines. For November, C is #1 again, Java is at #2, PHP is at #6, and C# is at #5. COBOL has fallen a spot to #28, CL gets in at #65, and RPG ekes out a spot in the top 100 at #93. Check out the new Google Trends tool for another comparison. For the most part, RPG and COBOL hold our legacy on the IBM i, while Java and PHP are the platform favorites and are heavily positioned by IBM for the future.

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Simplify Common Database Operations, Including ETL, with a Few Point-and-Clicks

Do you know about Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)? No? Let me introduce you.

tom snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

Prior to doing development with Microsoft technologies, I was unaware that SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) existed. I was familiar with migrations and Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL), and I wrote many applications to perform these operations. So when I discovered SSIS, I realized that this technology needs to be shared with the IBM community.

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Windows XP: So Long, Old Friend

If your IBM i shop still has an enterprise dependency on Windows XP, it's time to stop dragging your feet.

roger penceWritten by Roger Pence

Microsoft is standing firm on its decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The general level of apathy I've encountered as I discuss this issue with IBM i customers has surprised me. This apathy wouldn't surprise me coming from grandmas and grandpas and even small businesses that don't pay much attention to tech news. But IBM i professionals?


How bad can this XP issue really be?

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Windows 8 for IBM i and AIX IT Administration

Windows 8 offers opportunities for serious Endpoint Management.

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

The new Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft is entering our organizations as a new baseline for personal computers. For our users, the learning curve for the new OS will undoubtedly be challenging at first, but for IT administrators the addition of Windows 8particularly for IBM i and AIX administratorsunravels an annoying support issue for the organization's infrastructure.

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Windows 8 and Software Distribution Complexities

Windows 8 creates great opportunities for some but problems for others.

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

By now, Microsoft's latest version of Windows (Windows 8) is making its way into your organization's infrastructure. Whether you're a software developer working in your company's IT shop, an IT administrator, or a consulting developer who supplies software to your clients, Microsoft's Windows 8 offers you new opportunities…but with complications in distributing your code to your targeted PCs. How you solve those complications may set the path for the future of your work. Let's examine the complications and the implications.

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New Developer-Centric Tools in MS Visual Studio 2011 and .NET 4.5

It's that time again! Microsoft has a new version of the .NET framework and Visual Studio. In this article, the most promising features and tools of Visual Studio 2011 are described.

Written by Chris Peters

In September, the good folks at Microsoft released an evaluation version of Visual Studio 2011, called Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview, together with .NET Framework 4.5. It appears that this release of Microsoft's flagship development environment is moving toward a somewhat revised and smarter model. The recently released VS platform indicates Microsoft has plans to provide Windows applications that are more touch-centric, intuitive, and device-aware.

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Must You Buy a New Computer to Begin Using Windows 7?

A new computer helps, but you can upgrade from Windows XP if you take the right steps.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

There are certain days we look forward to with dread, whether they be today—tax day April 15—the day our daughter first takes the car out on her own, or the day we lose a good friend following a long illness. Included on that list of dreads is the day we migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7.

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Integrating Windows 7 Features with IBM i: What Works, What Doesn't, What Changed

It appears Microsoft has hit the PC operating system target with Windows 7. It's fast, intuitive, and secure, but what's in it for us IBM i professionals?

Written by Chris Peters

The reasoning for migration to Microsoft's latest version of its operating system is quite compelling, enough so that directors of traditional IBM i installations may decide the effort and expense of conversion is merited. This article examines the major benefits and significant limitations of migrating to Windows 7 in the IBM i environment as well as the requirements for its implementation.

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