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IBM i Exit Points: What They Are and When to Use Them

Carol explains the concept of exit programs and provides examples of how they can be used to customize your IBM i administration.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

The terms “exit point” and “exit program” are often used but are rarely explained. New exit points are added to most IBM i releases, so I thought it might be helpful to explain exit points and provide some examples of how you might use them in your organization.

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TechTip: DB2 for i Optimization Strategies, Part 2

Avoid common SQL programming mistakes that can change your query speed from a cheetah to a tortoise.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

This tip continues the series started in Part 1 that discusses some common SQL coding styles that can be improved. While some examples may seem trivial, under a heavy load, saving CPU cycles and reducing data and journaling I/O can make a considerable impact on overall system performance.

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What IBM i Execs Should Know, Part 1

In “What IBM i Execs Don’t Know,” my tone was a tad antagonistic. But now the air is warmer, spring is finally here, and I’m much, much better. So let’s approach things a bit more positively, shall we?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I’ll willingly agree that the last column I wrote was just a bit on the negative side. In fact, I really expected to be taken to task for being too hard on poor IBM i IT management.

 

But, like most things, I was wrong…about being taken to task, that is. As it turned out, everyone who commented agreed with me, and nobody seemed to feel too sorry for IT management as a group.

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Book Review: Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition

This book really hits the mark and is a must-read for all RPG developers.

bruce guetzkowWritten by Bruce Guetzkow

 

The fifth edition of Programming in ILE RPG by Bryan Meyers and Jim Buck provides an excellent progression of subject matter for the next generation of RPG developers. There is a strong emphasis on free-format coding with plenty of references to fixed-format code. This perspective on RPG will make it easy for students to learn RPG and aid experienced developers in making a transition to more modern coding techniques.

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Growing Interest in IBM i Security

PowerTech's State of IBM i Security Study is provoking interest and hopefully will be viewed as a call to action.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

PowerTech has recently released the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. I sat down with the author of the study, Robin Tatam, to discuss the study and the resurgence of the IBM i community's interest in security.

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INDUSTRY NEWS >>

ProData Releases DBU for Rational Developer for i

ProData Computer Services, Inc., makers of the flagship product DBU and long-time IBM i software vendor, announces the new release of DBU RDi, a plug-in for Rational Developer for i.

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Tape or Tapeless Data Storage? Now IBM i Shops Can Have Both

Companies can now get the convenience of tapeless backup plus the ability to archive to LTO tape when needed with LaserVault’s Universal Backup Device.

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Remain Software and Japanese Resellers Support IBM i App Dev and Modernization

Remain Software stands together with Japanese resellers to support application development and modernization among IBM i teams in Japan and APAC.

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20th RPG & DB2 Summit Teaches Latest OLAP, Temporal Capabilities in DB2 for i

Also features new hands-on workshop on service programs

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Townsend Security Announces a Major Step Forward in FieldProc Encryption

With Alliance AES/400, IBM i customers with legacy RPG applications can now deploy automatic DB2 encryption over sensitive data which are indexes.

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MPG Announces New Versions of Navigator Family - Now Available

Midrange Performance Group (MPG) today announced the general availability of new versions of MPG’s Navigator Family of products.

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JT4i—Job Tracking for IBM i

Shield Advanced Solutions, leading providers of High Availability software, announces a new product JT4i. This job tracking solution for IBMi brings a fresh approach, and is a complete re-write of Shield’s long-standing product JQG4i.

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CNX Announces General Release of Valence 5

Focuses on user experience and tools for modernizing IBM i applications; Provides mechanism for quickly building new apps, queries and dashboards.

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