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More Thoughts on Modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

If it's not all about new tools and GUI screens, then what is it about? Here's a hint. It doesn't use nuclear power or fuel cells, but it is pretty modern.  david shirey

 Written by David Shirey

Last month, we started looking at the idea of modernization and what it meant. And I thought that would pretty much do it. But, as it turned out, it took the entire article to talk about how the current way of thinking about modernization (as a technical task that involves changing the tool set we use to develop apps and its fixation on SQL and GUI) was not necessarily the whole story on what modernization really is all about. So I'm extending this topic a bit today (and maybe even once more later) so that we can discuss this topic in detail. I hope you're not disappointed.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:40
What Is Modernization? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

Modernization is once again a hot topic. But what does it really mean? Is it using TR8 and the latest version of DB2? Or does it relate to other things too?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

The focus seems to be on modernization again with the pre-release of the new IBM modernization Redbook. True, it's in a draft status, but I dare themno, I double-dog dare themto completely rewrite it at this point. I don't think it will happen, so you're probably safe to look at it.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:04
What Everyone Should Know: Where to Start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00


There's so much to learn today, and the "to learn" pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger while our time to learn it seems to shrink. So what's a body to do?


david shireyWritten by David Shirey


Do you ever feel depressed? Professionally that is? Like there is so much to learn and there is no way you're going to be able to squeeze it into your already overloaded day? Yeah, me too, and I am easily depressed to begin with, so it wreaks havoc with my id.




But I can't escape it. The days of being able to secure your job just by knowing RPG are over…as are the days of being able to use RPG III for a decade and a half, sort of frozen in time like one of those big woolly elephants. In today's world, you need to be constantly educating yourself, constantly growingor else just lucky enough to be in a spot where old technology is king. So, are you feeling lucky?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:10
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Technology Focus: Can Your Software Apps Pass the Test? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

Whether just for use in-house, or destined for sale, software apps must be tested before being put into production environments. Testing tools can help significantly.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

There's pretty much no getting around it: New software applications have to be tested before putting them into general use. However, unless producing software for sale is your primary line of business and you already have a testing process in place, the odds are that your enterprise could use some help in this area. Fortunately, there are some software solutions available that can facilitate this process.

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00
Modernization Webinar: Make Innovation a Priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eden Watt   
Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00

Proper planning is the key.

eden wattWritten by Eden Watt

Editor's Note: This article introduces the Able-One webinar on application modernization.


Technology is now the leading factor for innovation in 71 percent of businesses, according to an IBM study. IT professionals have become acutely aware of this over the past decade, with the exponential progress of the Internet, social media, mobility, cloud computing, and the possibilities with advanced software and infrastructure. IT management is under pressure to maintain mission-critical operations while leading their organization forward at a rapid pace with these capabilities.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:13
Understanding and Exploiting Qshell on IBM i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Holt   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00

Qshell's Unix-like interface to the iSeries is especially helpful for developing in Java and for working with the IFS.

Written by Ted Holt and Fred A. Kulack

Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from the book Qshell for iSeries, which is available as an e-book from MC Press.


A shell is a program that allows a human to interact with an operating system in a conversational way. The QCMD program that runs on the IBM iSeries computer is a shell of sorts. DOS, the original operating system of the IBM PC, boots up to a shell called

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00
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The Future of Application Modernization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by David Shirey   
Monday, 10 October 2011 00:00

It's time to rethink how we develop applications.

david_shireyWritten by David Shirey

"Application modernization" is a pseudo marketing term that is often used when we talk about the future of legacy systems. It pops up a lot these days, and that's fine because many of our business applications were developed 10, 20, even 30 years ago, and it's not hard to believe that they need to be modernized.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:05
Does Your Shop Participate in Code Reviews? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Snyder   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00

Produce better code and exchange knowledge with code reviews.

tom_snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

One of the most typical obstacles with the adoption of modern programming techniques in RPG shops is the fact that everyone is at a different level of knowledge in different areas. All programmers have their areas of work that they find important, and they may not always be in the same genre. With code reviews, you give all of the people with different flavors of programming styles the opportunity to share their knowledge with the others on the staff.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:00
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