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October 21, 2016 | Volume 13 Issue 42


LEAD ARTICLE: Tightening IBM i Security with Little Fear of Breakage
FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Fundamentals Tip #2: Working with Linear Main Programs
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Software AG Launches Open Source Internet of Things Analytics Kit
WHITE PAPER: IBM i Security: Event Logging & Active Monitoring
EVENT: Enforce IBM i Security Policies Automatically


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Feature Article - Security
Tightening IBM i Security with Little Fear of Breakage

Carol describes five IBM i security settings that eliminate exposures and can be changed with very little risk of breaking anything.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury


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Feature Article - TechTip
RPG Fundamentals Tip #2: Working with Linear Main Programs

Unlike cycle main programs, linear main programs do not include the RPG cycle.

jim buckWritten by Bryan Meyers and Jim Buck

Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition, chapter 14, “Building Modular Programs with Procedures.”


RPG supports a second type of program (as an alternative to cycle main programs) that does not include the RPG cycle. A linear main program explicitly names a procedure to be the main procedure for the program. A linear main program includes a Ctl-opt instruction with the Main keyword to name the main procedure:


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