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April 7, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 6


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Redbooks and Polar Bears
FEATURED NEWS: New KeyesOverlay And kLink Features Now Available
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Magic Integration Platform Recognized as the Leading Business Application Integration Product
WEBCAST: See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development
EVENT: MessengerPlus Overview

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In the Wheelhouse: Redbooks and Polar Bears

Systems evolution needs to be a constant effort. The new Redbook entitled Modernize IBM i Applications from the Database up to the User Interface and Everything in Between is a must-read for every IBM i developer.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

125,000 years ago, scientists believe that a group of brown bears (ursus arctos) were isolated from their ancestors and began to evolve into a separate subspecies: what we know as the modern polar bear. Over many generations, the descendants of these bears evolved and inherited the trait of a white, thicker coatideal protection and camouflage in the snow and ice, making the bear more successful to hunt and kill prey. The molar teeth and digestive system of the polar bear also changed over time, adapting to the demands of a new diet of seal meat rather than plants and berries. Their stomachs changed to accommodate larger and unexpected amounts of food, taking advantage of a big kill and allowing them to survive on it for weeks at a time during months when food wasn't plentiful. Their necks grew much longer than the modern brown bear, making it easier to keep their heads above water when swimming and when reaching into the sea from the ice to catch food from above. The forepaws grew larger in order to operate like paddles in the water.


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New KeyesOverlay And kLink Features Now Available

Computer Keyes' new software allow users to generate interactive PDF forms that submit data back to the IBM i automatically


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Give your users what they need to be successful in their work -- using RPG! Solutions such as Excel spreadsheets, Adobe PDF files, and email are requirements for today’s users, and today’s RPG is more than capable of fulfilling these needs. This book gives you the know-how to break through the obstacles and use common development tools to share information and provide more-compatible interfaces. Learn how to migrate your existing greenbar reports to Excel spreadsheets and PDFs, and discover how to automatically email reports using RPG and JavaMail with this hands-on guide! Buy your hard copy or e-book today!


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See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development

Your applications deserve more than just a new look! Change the perception of the IBM i as “old” with modern development tips from IBM and Profound Logic Software.
Watch as Barbara Morris, Brian May and Alex Roytman dive beneath the GUI surface to show the benefits of:

  • Working with free-format RPG in IBM i TR7
  • Breaking free from “The Cycle” of traditional RPG development
  • Going beyond the 10 character limit in display and database files
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Addressing and Automating Audit Requirements for the IBM i

Auditing the IBM i

Automating IBM AIX PCI Compliance Reporting

Automating PCI Compliance Reporting on IBM i

Beyond FTP, Securing and Automating File Transfers

Coffee with Carol - Configuring IBM i (iSeries) Access servers to use SSL

Coffee with Carol: Step by Step Approach to Implementing Object Level Security

Coffee with Carol: Where do I Start with IBM i Security?

Common Configuration Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Dynamic Performance Management for the IBM i: Anticipate System Needs before Issues Happen

Get Results with NGS-IQ Business Intelligence

Getting the Most out of Your Audit Journal

IFS Security

Introducing ASNA Wings

Is Your Query Tool Limiting You?

Managing the Security of Your Data to Meet Your Business Needs

Mobile Applications for IBM i

Preparing for and Automating Audit Requirements for AIX

Programming/RPG - Advanced, Integrated RPG with Tom Snyder

Security and Compliance: What are the Issues on IBM AIX and How do they Relate to the IBM i

Security Considerations for IBM i Navigator for the Web

Simplifying IBM i Security Administration Tasks

SkyView Security Compliance Solution featuring Audit Journal Reporter.

The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How Each Relates to the IBM i Community by Carol Woodbury

The Hidden Jewels of IBM i Security

The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

Top 10 New Features of IBM i Security by Carol Woodbury

Top 10 Security and Compliance Considerations for Cloud Computing

Understanding the Cost of Downtime

Unleash the Power of IBM i

What's New with V6R1 Security

Why Companies Fail PCI audits


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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.