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What Was Your Favorite Gift from IBM This Year? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian May   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 00:00

From the perspective of a software developer, IBM has delivered some great new features this year. What's your favorite?

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It's the holiday season. It's a time for family gatherings and giving thanks. It's a time for gifts and reflection on the year. What better time than the holidays to look back on some of the great gifts we software developers received from IBM this year?

 

I reached out to some of my friends, who happen to be IBM i development experts, to find out what their favorite gift from IBM was this year. After tabulating the responses from industry experts, below are the top four gifts.

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Easily Create Excel Spreadsheets from Your IBM i Using SSIS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Snyder   
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

Point-and-click your way to building a repeatable, dynamic Excel spreadsheet from DB2.

tom snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

Thanks for sticking it out through my preliminary Microsoft articles. It's about to pay off. Creating Excel spreadsheets from DB2 seems to be a common theme these days, with multiple ways of going about it. The topic of this article is using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) with DB2, but it's only the tip of the iceberg for articles to come in the interests of business intelligence, data warehousing, and website feeds.

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A C# Primer for RPG Programmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rafael Victoria-Pereira   
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 00:00

If you already "migrated" to ILE and free-format RPG, learning a modern programming language is easier than it was before. Why not learn C#?

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

This article is a first step in the path to C# mastery, from the perspective of an RPG programmer. You're probably wondering why you should learn C#. Well, this modern and very powerful programming language allows you to supplementor, in some situations, even replacepart of the development you'd do on an IBM i.

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Continuous Delivery: What Is This Devilry from the Web Side? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Everyone knows it takes forever to get something through the process and into production. Who are these CD folks trying to fool?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Let's start by asking ourselves one very important question: What is Continuous Delivery?

Thousands of years from now, when mankind has destroyed the Earth and reaped extinction as the reward, and birds, whose ancestors were the dinosaurs, have at last gained mastery over our world, they will determine that humans derived most of their information from two sources: Wikipedia and Entertainment Tonight.

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Modernization on the IBM i: Getting Started PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian May   
Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

The only true mistake you can make with regard to application modernization is doing nothing.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

Modernization. Everyone is talking about it. Everyone wants it. But we cannot always agree on exactly what it is. It can mean a few different things, depending on your needs and environment. This of course leads to confusion for those who need it most.

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In Praise of the Many PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

Your true worth to your company and your true level of professionalism has nothing to do with what may seem so important today.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Sometimes it's easy to lose your perspective. Sometimes feeling good about your job isn't easy. Particularly in a world that likes to celebrate those who are on the bleeding edge.

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10 Reasons IBM i Developers May Want to Take a Closer Look at Microsoft .NET PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lee Paul   
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

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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Five Common Application Modernization Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them!) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Roytman   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Avoid costly difficulties and setbacks to your application modernization projects and smoothly transition to the modern applications your business deserves!

alex roytmanWritten by Alex Roytman

So, you're ready to take your 5250 green-screen applications into the 21st Century. Great! You're not aloneIBM has made modernization a major focus for its IBM i business, and companies are responding positively.

 

The benefits of modernizing your IBM i applications have been well-documented but are worth mentioning again.

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