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July 16, 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 13

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be)
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Trying to Allocate an Object?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM i ISVs Can Now Integrate Mobile-Based Two Factor Authentication to Increase Security of Solution
TRIAL SOFTWARE: ACO MONITOR manages your IBM i 24-hours a day and notifies you immediately when your IBM i needs assistance!
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: 3 Trends Changing Expectations Inside IBM i Shops  
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration 
EVENT: Today - Implementing Your First BI Solution in an Hour

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Feature Article - Programming
 
What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be)

We conclude our exciting homily to modernization, the Black Stone Cherry of the IT world, with a thrilling chapter on the final component of the modernization triangle.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

First a quick review. We opened this discussion two months ago by talking about how closely the word modernization is linked with the idea of replacing green-screens with GUI and making more extensive use of SQL. But I think it's questionable whether merely changing your tools or your presentation can, by itself, really be considered modernization. Isn't real modernization about making the application stronger and smarter rather than just building it with different tools?


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Now Available in eBook Format: IBM System i APIs at Work, Second Edition: In this latest edition of the best-selling API reference, acclaimed expert Bruce Vining completely rewrites the book on APIs. With over 700 information-packed pages this is the ultimate API guide and a must-have for any professional working with System i (AS/400, i5/iSeries). Get your copy today!


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Feature Article - Programming
 
The API Corner: Trying to Allocate an Object?

Use APIs to determine and resolve current lock holders.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Last month, in "Problems Allocating an Object?," we looked at the program AllocObj. With AllocObj, we used the List Object Locks (QWCLOBJL) API to get a list of all jobs holding a lock on a given object and then displayed the name of the first job (that wasn't the current job) in that list. This month's "API Corner" will expand the capabilities of AllocObj. The updated AllocObj will, if run in an interactive job, build a subfile listing those jobs with locks on the object. From this list, the user can decide to contact someone about one or more of these jobs, end one of more of these jobs, and/or cancel the current running of AllocObj. If the current job is not interactive, then (at least for this month) AllocObj will run as it did in last month's article. Next month, we'll look at some of the batch opportunities for enhancements to AllocObj.


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MC Software Center
 

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3 Trends Changing Expectations Inside IBM i Shops

Released: May 14, 2014. UPDATED: June 18, 2014

 

As the IBM i platform closes in on its silver anniversary, there are more than a few operators with ties tracing back to the very beginning. As any one of them can tell you, their roles have likely undergone more changes than the technology itself in that time.


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Best Practices for IBM i Security Administration

In this Webinar, based on her just-released e-book on Security Administration, Carol Woodbury, the authority in IBM i Security, discusses the tasks every IBM i Security Administrator should perform.  From system values to managing user profiles, administering authorities and handling IFS security issues, Carol provides guidance for automating tasks as well as tips for simplifying them.


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