Partner TechTip: What Makes the Good Morning Report So Good? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

You're out of traffic, you've got your coffee—it's time for some news about your system, delivered hot off the press in your Good Morning report.

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

There's nothing like waking up to find the latest news delivered right to your doorstep, waiting for you on the printer, or sent to you electronically. For years, our customers have started their days reading the Good Morning report from Robot/SCHEDULE. But this report is more than just a good way to start your day. It's full of advantageous parameters and can be used for your other Robot tools, too!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:28
TechTip: Manage Processes and Revenue with SugarCRM's Community Edition PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Martin Schneider   
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Sugar CE is a great tool for developers and end users who understand the value of automation software but lack the resources to jump in whole hog on a large commercial project.

martin schneiderWritten by Martin Schneider

Many small and mid-sized businesses can benefit from customer relationship management (CRM) software. However, every business has unique processes and data points in their key sales, marketing, and support operations that make it difficult or expensive to purchase and deploy proprietary CRM tools.


 In addition, many proprietary or SaaS CRM systems lack the ability for internal developers to take the software and make deep customizations or integrationseither as a test of the system or for production usage. Or these systems require significant up-front investment to do so.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:45
Partner TechTip: Help! I Forgot My IBM i Password (Again!) PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Discover the euphoria of self-service password reset.

robin tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Since the dawn of the technological age, stories have abounded of users writing passwords on Post-It notes and in logbooks. That's because good passwords are hard to devise and even harder to remember. When we concoct one, we hang on to it. What's worse, we use the same username and password everywhere. Many experts believe passwords represent one of the greatest security vulnerabilities; however, they remain a necessary evil. The reality is that passwords will be around for the foreseeable future. And for every password that exists, there's a user who will forget it.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:35
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TechTip: Some Nifty New Features in V2R1 DB2 Web Query PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Database
Written by Gene Cobb   
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Recent DB2 Web Query group PTF levels 4 through 7 include a host of valuable new enhancements. Learn more about what are sure to be the most popular new features in this product.

gene cobbWritten by Gene Cobb

Version 2.1 of DB2 Web Query for IBM i was released in June of 2012 and included a major overhaul of product ordering and packaging as well as many new enhancements. Since that time, IBM has released seven group PTFs, each one containing both fixes and exciting new features. In this two-part article, I cover some of the most significant new enhancements made to the product over the last 18 months.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:09
TechTip: Mantis/400, a Mature, Open-Source Issue-Tracking Application in PHP PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Dev Tools
Written by Ira Chandler   
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Yes, we all have source code for many commercial applications. Once we license them, that is. How about source code for free? How great is that?

ira chandlerWritten by Ira Chandler

 Spoiler Alert: At the end of this TechTip is the "Ultimate Solution" to PHP databases on the System i.


The PHP community of programmers has long been a bastion of the open-source movement. This business model is based on the free distribution of the code and applications. Normally, "community" support is readily available on forums via the users of the software, with a modicum of help from the authors.


The debate over the readiness of open source for enterprise use will not continue here. What we will expose is the huge benefit of learning from open source. Having a fully operational program with easily readable source code is absolutely the best way to learn a language. And if that app can do some things that you actually need done, all the better.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 09:00
Partner TechTip: Convert Queries for Increased Performance and Modern Results PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Database
Written by Heath Kath   
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00

Don't let a library of useful but outdated queries stop you from modernizing how you deliver your data.

heath kathWritten by Heath Kath

Are you still running IBM i green-screen queries? How many queries are you dealing with? Are you finding it hard to manage all those queries? Are your users tired of waiting for a slow-running query that can use only the Classic Query Engine (CQE)? Would your users prefer a modern, graphical interface with more distribution options?

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 14:17
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TechTip: Getting Free-form RPG on your IBM i PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - RPG
Written by Joe Pluta   
Friday, 21 February 2014 00:00

You may have heard that entirely free-form RPG is now available; this tip tells you how to start working with it.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

RPG /free (also known as free-form RPG) has recently gone entirely free. At least, the compiler has. Unfortunately, the source editing tools haven't caught up yet (and in the case of SEU, I don't think they ever will). That's probably the reason that you won't see the new compiler capabilities even if you update to the latest Technology Refresh. Instead, you'll need to install a specific PTF. Then you can at least compile a program, even if the editor doesn't like it.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:40
TechTip: Excluding Files Using GNUtar or AIX tar PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Programming
Written by David Tansley   
Friday, 14 February 2014 00:00

Read on to find out which is the right choice for you.

david tansleyWritten by David Tansley

When you need to back up a file system or perhaps do some ad hoc directory backups, you've got two tar utilities you can use: AIX tar or GNUtar. In the past, admins have usually gone for GNUtar when archiving big files because in early releases of AIX the file size limit was 2GB. However, since late AIX 5.3, you can archive files up to 8GB.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:49
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See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development

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