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April 9, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 4

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Finally! Ruby on Rails on IBM i!
FEATURED NEWS: POWER7 and POWER7+ Enhancements; PureFlex Consolidation System Enables a Single Footprint
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Help/Systems Expands Its Business Process Automation Offerings, Acquires Network Automation, Inc.
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: IBM i Automation Blog
MC PRESS BOOKSTORE: Top 10 Best-Selling Titles
EVENT: MessengerPlus Overview

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Feature Article - Programming
 
Finally! Ruby on Rails on IBM i!

Waiting for the next big thing on the i? Maybe this is it. Ruby on Rails, a very popular web language, is now available for use with the i. But what does that really mean for you?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Finally, Ruby on Rails, the Darling Parade of the Internet world, is on the IBM i. But before I begin, I want everyone to know exactly what this article is about.

 

First, I am not going to teach you how to code Ruby on Rails. Like I could actually do that in a magazine article anyway. Ruby is a powerful, full-function language, and learning it is not something that can be done in an afternoon, even with a glass or two of merlot.

 

Second, this is not going to be a sales article for Ruby. Some people might think it should be, but it isn't. Nor is it a hatchet job. Ruby on Rails is a great language and a great framework (Ruby is the language; Rails is the framework), and its appearance on the i is a really, really good thing. All I'm trying to do is present an unvarnished and fair appraisal of it and explain what it really means for the i.


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Featured News
 
POWER7 and POWER7+ Enhancements; PureFlex Consolidation System Enables a Single Footprint

Multiple enhancements are announced for IBM Power Systems POWER7 and POWER7+ technology-based servers:


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Most Popular MC Press Books
 

Top 10 Best-Selling Titles

  1. Database Design and SQL for DB2
  2. Free-Format RPG IV
  3. IBM i Security Administration and Compliance
  4. Mastering IBM i
  5. Programming in RPG IV
  6. Fundamentals of Technology Project Management
  7. DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration (Exam 612)
  8. Big Data Governance
  9. IBM Mainframe Security
  10. Selling Information Governance to the Business

 


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Tools for Modernizing IBM i Applications

Submitted by Tom Huntington on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:40pm

 

How can IBM i applications be modernized and brought in line with evolving enterprise expectations for user experience and extensibility? Much of the software for the platform still runs code from the 1990s, which is understandable given binary compatibility, but the truth is that the standard “green screen” isn’t state-of-the-art anymore.


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