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March 25, 2015 | Volume 4 Issue 2


TOP STORY: Don't Be Left Behind: Develop IBM i Mobile Applications with CSS3
FEATURED ARTICLE: Mobile Computing for the IBM i
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: BCD and Zend Expand Partnership, Become Primary Resource for PHP-on-IBM i Development
TRIAL SOFTWARE: Auditing Tool with Built-in Reports for SOX, PCI Compliance
EVENT: The Power of i
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

Sponsor - CNX Corporation

Valence:  Envision it.  Build it.

Amaze your users!  Create stunning web or mobile apps on IBM i using RPG and basic JavaScript.  Valence includes many simple demo apps you can quickly tweak to run over your own IBM i data.

AutoCode now supports mobile! Use Valence's Nitro AutoCode tool to create a completely functional IBM i mobile inquiry app for your users in just seconds -- all you need is a physical file name or an SQL statement.  AutoCode generates both the front-end JavaScript and the back-end RPG code for you, which you can then adjust as needed.  It's a great way to learn mobile programming on IBM i!

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Feature Article - Networking
Don't Be Left Behind: Develop IBM i Mobile Applications with CSS3

The latest standard for Cascading Style Sheets can be implemented with helpful development tools to create IBM i web applications that run well on multiple devices.

Written by Nick Hampson

Have you started using CSS3 for your mobile apps? CSS3 lets you create modern, adaptable web applications, eliminating the requirement of dealing individually with the breadth of devices under the mobile umbrella. Along with HTML5 and JavaScript, CSS3 allows for clean separation of document content from document presentation and interactivity. HTML5 contains your content and includes links to CSS3 for presentation and formatting, while JavaScript provides the interactive logic.


Sponsor - ASNA

ASNA Mobile RPG empowers RPG programmers to create great IBM i-driven smartphone and tablet mobile apps with nothing but plain ol’ RPG. Programmers don’t need to learn obtuse languages like HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Java or Objective C. The only skills required to create superb mobile applications with Mobile RPG are traditional RPG coding skills—period! These applications feature secure and fast read/write access to your IBM i database and provide game-changing possibilities for your business.

Learn more today!



Feature Article - Networking
Mobile Computing for the IBM i

Mobile is irreversibly and irrefutably here to stay.

roger penceWritten by Roger Pence

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Mobile Computing and the IBM i" available free at the MC White Paper Center.


Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. This ASNA white paper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents.


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MC Software Center

Auditing Tool with Built-in Reports for SOX, PCI Compliance

PowerTech Compliance Monitor simplifies the task of audit reporting. It comes with a set of reports for SOX, PCI, and even MICS gaming standards.

IBM i's audit journal is often so large and cryptic, that most IT staff struggle to review the logged activity.
Compliance Monitor analyzes your audit data across multiple systems and displays the exceptions to policy with remediation tips—all from your web browser! You can generate reports as PDF or Excel files.

Need custom reporting? Compliance Monitor’s flexible filters allow you to generate reports on any audit data you need—from system configuration to user activity.

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Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL


Due to popular demand, Carol has updated her presentation on configuring iAccess to use SSL sessions to include, not just the step-by-step configuration guidance but also a discussion on the benefits and challenges of using certificates from a well-known CA (Certificate Authority) vs a self-signed certificate as well as practical tips for enterprise implementation.