Protecting Your Passwords on IBM i

Many recent hacks have accessed networks and then accessed databases by obtaining administrator credentials (user IDs and passwords). Databases of emails and passwords are also being stolen from breached organizations. Carol discusses how to reduce password abuse.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

You may not realize it, but many of the organizations recently breached are large IBM i shops. The general public never knows whether our beloved IBM i was breached because that information is never published. But to dismiss the possibility out of hand and ignore steps that you can take to protect your organization and—more importantly—the data on your IBM i systems is putting that data at significant risk. This article focuses on protecting passwords since exploiting stolen credentials (user IDs and passwords) is one method being used by hackers to gain access to data.

Book Review: Subfiles in Free-Format RPG

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, this book has something for you.

mike_faustWritten by Mike Faust

For System i developers, mastering the ability to develop subfile applications is an absolute must! In Subfiles in Free-Format RPG, Kevin Vandever takes the reader through the subfile concept—from start to finish. Unlike other books on the topic, this one specifically focuses on coding subfile applications in free-format RPG and does an excellent job of explaining how to use subfiles in the modern rendition of the RPG language.

Why the Zend Conference Matters to IBM i Folks

Each of us is an evangelist for the i, a voice heard in the wilderness. But to make that voice heard, we need to get out there where the people who are not part of our "i world" live.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I just got back from ZendCon, the annual conference for Zend, the people who bring you PHP and its interface on the IBM i.


It was a great experience and not just because of the weather. Santa Clara, California, in October. Sunny skies, exceptionally nice temps in the low 70s. Even though the hotel was connected to the convention center, I went out of my way to walk outside coming and going.

The API Corner: Saving Only Physical Files in a Library

It's easily done by using the List Objects and Save Object List APIs.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

I recently received a note from Ray J. that included the following:


"I save and restore physical files from one system to another. The libraries contain both physical and logical files. I would like to save and restore only the physical files. However, using the omit parameter on the SAVOBJ commands only allows a few hundred omits, and I have more than 300 omits and more than 1000 files. The best I have come up with so far is to display the object description of all the *FILES, run a query, and output a file containing the names of only *FILES with attribute PF. Then read that file and save each object one at a time. That seems like a lot of overhead. Any other suggestions?"

In the Wheelhouse: Green-Screen Management Is Dead

Our community deserves so much better than to languish about managing our systems via the green-screen.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

I was at the COMMON User Group Fall Conference and Expo a few weeks ago, where I presented a session called "Modernizing Systems Management with IBM Navigator for i." The overall turnout for the conference was pretty good, considering it was a fall conference and Indianapolis isn't the warmest place on Earth at the tail end of October.


I had a number of purposes for this session. The first was to update perceptions of IBM i administrators. While there is a time and place for the command line, the idea of managing a modern system exclusively through a text-based interface is old school.



Introducing the Next-Generation PHP IDE: ZEND STUDIO 12

This major release provides key new features and improvements.

CNX Announces Release of Valence Framework 4.1

Features native portal app for iOS devices and updated user interface components.

Linoma Software Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Linoma Software is celebrating 20 years in helping organizations around the world to automate their IT processes and protect sensitive data.

Connections Cloud Expands Support for Regulatory Requirements, Delivers Mobile Flexibility

IBM Connections Cloud provides one-click access to business-grade file sharing, social networking, communities, online meetings, instant messaging, email, and calendar.

UrbanCode Release and Deploy V6.1.1 Offers Mobile, Cloud, and Big Data apps in Hybrid Environments

IBM UrbanCode Release and Deploy offerings provide continuous software release and deployment capability across hybrid environments, a must for effective and rapid continuous delivery.

IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance V8.7 Deliver Data, Process, and Service Solutions

IBM Industry Models for Banking and Insurance V8.7 can help clients accelerate project development and deployment..

IBM Unified Data Model for Healthcare V9.0 Delivers More Cost-Effective Data Solutions

IBM Unified Data Model for Healthcare V9.0 is part of the IBM InfoSphere software portfolio.

ProData Announces RDB Connect 4.0

ProData Computer Services, Inc. announces  a new release of Remote Database Connect (RDB Connect).

Focal Point Solutions Group Announces Authorized Channel Partner Program

Focal Point Solutions Group LLC, an IBM Business Partner, announced the Focal Point Channel Partner Program, which provides organizations an opportunity to become a Partner in Profit with FPSG and to participate in the exploding data protection and availability market.



Security Admin Tasks - Examining the Audit Journal

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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
  • And more!

You'll also see a live demonstration of these techniques as the presenters create a modern web application before your eyes! 


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MS Office Connector for Query/400

NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to: 

 - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases

 - Create Word documents

 - Send to Windows screen and PC printers

No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!

If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.… Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!

Offer good through December 31, 2013.


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