April 19, 2017 | Volume 16 Issue 8
• LEAD ARTICLE: Updating Your RPG Skills
• FEATURED ARTICLE: SQL 101: Tools of the Trade - Installing SQuirreL SQL Client
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Surround Technologies Launches Accelerator Version 7.2
• ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: IBM i Resources Retiring?
• FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes with TLAForms
• EVENT: 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition May 7-10 | Orlando, Florida
Updating your ILE and RPG skills will not only make you a better IBM i developer, but also make learning new languages easier.
Written by Brian May
My last article discussed learning new languages on IBM i. In that article, I also mentioned that before trying to conquer new languages, we should master our own. If you are not well versed in all that RPG has to offer, this article is meant to guide you toward the topics that every RPG developer needs to learn.
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Time to explore another SQL client! SQuirreL was not designed specifically for the IBM i, but it does a fine job, and it’s free!
Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira
The SQuirreL SQL Client is a very interesting piece of software. It’s the brainchild of some very clever Java developers, and it was designed to help us, mere mortals, to connect to any database for which a JDBC connector exists.
Let’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. These folks have been managing all areas of your business—often manually and behind the scenes—for decades, everything from IT operations to data and documents to cybersecurity.
Are you prepared to handle their departure?
During this 30-mintue recorded webinar, our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
- Automate IBM i processes
- Use managed services to help fill the gaps
- Secure the system against data loss and viruses
IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.