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September 9, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 9


TOP STORY: A C# Primer for RPG Programmers
FEATURED NEWS: Maxava iFoundation IBM i Funding 2015
NEWS HIGHLIGHT:  H.I.G. Capital to Acquire HelpSystems, LLC
WHITE PAPER: Overcoming Common IBM i Mobile Development Challenges
EVENT: IBM i Meets Mobile Technology

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Feature Article - Programming
A C# Primer for RPG Programmers

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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The wait is over! The 5th edition is here. Here’s your chance to expand your ILE RPG knowledge with our most significant update to this classic RPG book. The latest edition features exclusive coverage of free-format RPG; more SQL than ever before; and greater emphasis on ILE modules, procedures, and service programs. This essential guide covers all the fundamentals you need to be successful with ILE RPG plus the latest development tools. All new programming exercises and assignments included. Order today!


Featured News
Maxava iFoundation IBM i Funding 2015

Maxava is thrilled to announce that having again received a record number of applications, the Maxava iFoundation has awarded funding to 34 groups to assist and strengthen the IBM i community.


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Don't miss these great Featured White Papers:

Practical Analytics for IBM i Users

Big data and analytics grab the headlines, but chances are there are users in your office who simply need better query and analytical tools that work with your real-time operational data. NGS, IBM and numerous other vendors offer solutions, but it can be a challenge to understand their features and costs. This White Paper helps by examining:

  • IBM’s analytics and services strategy
  • IBM Query/400 and DB2 Web Query V2.1
  • IBM Cognos and other BI software
  • the value of DB2 on IBM i

The White Paper contrasts NGS and IBM offerings from a design and cost of ownership perspective. It also provides insight into IBM's business strategy and the frequently overlooked benefits of DB2 on i.

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A FREE HA/DR Jargon Buster

Bust through all the HA/DR Jargon with this free download. The Maxava Jargon Buster is a quick reference guide to Maxava HA and industry technical terms related to High Availability and Disaster Recovery. It is an easy-to-use tool to help simplify the discussions companies need to have about their HA/DR requirements for their IBM i environments. By explaining technical terms in simple language, Maxava’s Jargon Buster can help an organization’s management quickly gain a greater understanding of the important factors relating to IBM i availability in their enterprise and what is required to protect it.

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Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

Download the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR™'s advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

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8 Very Good Reasons to Use Your Power i For Shipping

Learn how companies are reducing shipping costs by Centralizing all of their Shipping Systems and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) on One Platform with One Vendor. See how companies deployed an enterprise-wide, multi-carrier shipping solution to manage both their Parcel and Freight shipments directly from their IBM i, and seamlessly integrated it to their back end IBM i ERP and WMS. This Whitepaper examines eight reasons for centralizing standalone shipping solutions on the IBM i. In addition, you will see how a Modular TMS Solution integrated with ERP has driven significant efficiencies and cost reductions in companies shipping and transportation operation.

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Mobile Computing and the IBM i

Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial. This ASNA whitepaper 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. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!

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Creating mobile applications for IBM i on Power Systems doesn't have to be difficult! Mobile applications can take your business to new levels of engagement, customer support and competitiveness. By making your ERP, Sales, Line of Business, and other applications mobile, you empower your workforce to get more done - from anywhere, at any time. If your business runs on IBM i (formerly known as AS400 or iSeries) there's no need to worry. You can easily make your RPG applications available on any mobile device!
Read this free white paper, and learn how you can overcome the most common challenges to mobile for IBM i shops, including:

  • How to go mobile with limited staff or budget
  • How to make any RPG developer a mobile superstar
  • Whether to choose hybrid or native development
  • How to ease BYOD development stress

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