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December 9, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 12


TOP STORY: Finally, Data Definitions in RPG Look "Modern"!
FEATURED NEWS: Watson Analytics for Social Media: Understand the Stream of Consciousness of the World
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Remain Software expands Partner Network in North America, Europe and Africa
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Take IBM i Everywhere with Mobile Apps – Watch the Webinar!
EVENT: Open Source Twitter Chat with Aaron Bartell
SURVEY: State of the IBM i Modernization

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This ain’t your mama’s RPG! Time to move on from OPM—with Evolve Your RPG Coding. This comprehensive new book gives you all the tools to move to a more modern, modular, and efficient ILE RPG. The book guides you through the transition at a comfortable pace, making every ILE concept totally accessible. You’ll start with simple, easy-to-understand examples and analogies to OPM, then advance to complete and complex ILE code. Finally, you’ll go beyond ILE with a detailed discussion of SQL, code organization, and structure. Pre-order your copy today!


Feature Article - Programming
Finally, Data Definitions in RPG Look "Modern"!

Are you still looking for reasons to move to free-format coding?

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Editor's note: This excerpt is from chapter 10 of Evolve Your RPG Coding: Move from OPM to ILE ... and Beyond.


There's nothing worse for a programmer who has just come to RPG from a "modern" language than not being able to understand how data is defined in RPG. The fixed-format D-specs can be a real nightmare. (They were for me, when I started.) This is because you have to remember which letter corresponds to which data type, and the connection between the data type and its single-letter D-spec definition isn't always obvious. (You know what I mean …"Z" for timestamp?!) In the free-format version, programmers from both the "outside world" and "traditional RPG" find intuitive data-type definitions, as you'll see later in the examples.


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Featured News
Watson Analytics for Social Media: Understand the Stream of Consciousness of the World

IBM Watson Analytics for Social Media (previously called IBM Social Media Analytics) helps marketing professionals tackle their biggest challenge: knowing their audience.


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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!


MC Webcast Center

Don't miss these Featured On-Demand Webcasts:

Easy Mobile Development with Scott Klement

Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:


  • Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
  • Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
  • Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
  • Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform


You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

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Migrating from IBM Query/400?

Get the facts to determine whether DB2 Web Query or the NGS-IQ query, reporting, and business intelligence solution is right for your company. This Webcast provides helpful analysis of DB2 Web Query features, licensing terms, pricing, and support considerations.

See a demo of how NGS-IQ gives you and your co-workers the ability to:

  • create Web reports, dynamic dashboards, OLAP models
  • output to Excel, Word, and Access in one click
  • work from Web, Windows and 5250 user interfaces
  • query DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle and Postgre SQL databases
  • run and enhance existing Query/400 queries with NGS’ Query/400 API
  • develop Web applications
  • use integrated e-mail and FTP
  • maintain control with NGS-IQ’s security

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The Explosion of Security Vulnerabilities Requires Diligent Act with Carol Woodbury & special guest Jeff Uehling

Carol is pleased to be joined for this Coffee with Carol by friend and former colleague Jeff Uehling, current Chief Security Architect for IBM i.  Jeff and Carol will be discussing a number of the recent Security Vulnerabilities which have had a huge, industry-wide impact on both hardware and software vendors - including IBM and the IBM i development groups. These security vulnerabilities include well-publicized ones such as Heartbleed, Bash/Shellshock and Poodle as well as numerous vulnerabilities that haven’t hit the media. These vulnerabilities exist in areas such as Java, OpenSSL and many networking areas of your systems.

IBM i has long been known as a secure platform on which you can run your business critical applications. However, securing the system requires careful attention to the system-wide security configuration options, managing the authority settings on your data objects which contain your business critical data (corporate assets), and - as importantly - staying current with your enterprise-wide maintenance and ensure the latest PTFs/Fixes are installed in order to close "real" or "potential" security holes.

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Take IBM i Everywhere with Mobile Apps – Watch the Webinar!

Is mobile an initiative for your business? Find out how you can go beyond Web applications to create applications with native device capabilities, such as Camera… even if you’ve never created a mobile application!
Watch this on-demand Webinar with IBM’s Tim Rowe and Profound Logic’s Scott Klement and Alex Roytman, and discover how you can create high-quality mobile applications using your existing RPG knowledge and the right tools.

You’ll learn:

  • How the IBM i platform supports mobile development
  • Why hybrid applications are a great option to deliver mobile apps with more functionality than Web apps can offer
  • How to develop mobile apps with native capabilities without becoming an Obj-C and Java expert, or using overly complicated tools

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POWER8 Power Hour with Mark Olson

Compared to alternative products like Intel or Oracle, what makes POWER8 so great?

In this one-hour recorded webinar, IBM’s Power Systems Product Manager Mark Olson joins Tom Huntington to discuss the advantages of Power technology. You’ll get great information about:

  • Product specs for the S814, S824, E870, and E880 servers
  • What’s new and unique in these servers to the industry
  • Why IBM i users on POWER5, POWER6, or POWER7 should move to POWER8
  • What to expect next, including storage area network (SAN) and direct access storage (DAS)

Developers, system administrators, and infrastructure teams using Power Systems running IBM i exclusively or alongside AIX and/or Windows should be sure to tune in!

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