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TechTip: So What's in the TR8 Anyway? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Programming
Written by David Shirey   
Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

IBM is at it again, providing more new functionality with a Technology Refresh.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

Yes, yes, it's true! The long-awaited, highly anticipated Technology Refresh 8 (TR8) to V7.1 has finally been released. Could I possibly be more excited? (And they said I could never make it in advertising or politics.) TR8 is expected to be released June 6, 2014, strangely enough the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:38
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RPG Academy: More on Procedures: The Dos and Don'ts and Other Interesting Things PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - RPG
Written by Rafael Victoria-Pereira   
Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

The previous TechTip of this series introduced the concept of procedures, along with a simple example. This one will explain when you should (and shouldn't) create a procedure and reveal some pitfalls you need to avoid.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Let's start with a quick recap: procedures are "subroutines with parameters" that can exist outside the program that is calling them. For that to happen, the calling program needs to know how to use the procedure. This critical piece of information is supplied by a prototype definition (similar to the *Entry PList of a program). It's a good practice to use a separate source member to store the prototype definitions because they will be used in more than one program.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:14
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TechTip: Getting Your Feet Wet with Java PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Java
Written by Joe Cropper   
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

Java debuted in 1996—and while almost 20 years old, it's simply amazing how it continues to redefine itself and stay relevant. Still haven't tried it? No worries. Take a peek inside to see what Java can offer you!

Written by Joe Cropper

Java has been around for quite some time now, and several recent polls suggest that Java is the top programming language that job seekers should know. That said, whether "the top" is Java, C++, Python, etc., the point is that Java is as relevant now as ever, so it's definitely something worthy of a presence on your resume.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00
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Partner TechTip: How Mobile Data Access Improves Business Operations PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Networking
Written by Mike Stegeman   
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

Mobilize your data; diversify your business.

mike stegemanWritten by Mike Stegeman

Think about this: The number of mobile endpoints worldwide is greater than the global population. With over 7 billion endpoints in 2013, it seems nearly everyone in certain parts of the world now has a smartphone, a tablet, or both, and these devices aren't just for fun and games. Organizations have seen how new hardware categories are changing the business landscape, and they're putting devices to work in the drive to streamline processes, gain insight into operations, and ensure continuity.

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00
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TechTip: Monitoring AIX with SNMP PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by David Tansley   
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00

It's not hard to get SNMP v1 up and running. Just follow these simple steps.

david tansleyWritten by David Tansley

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a fellow AIX system administrator, who was having issues trying to get his SNMP v3 (Simple Network Management Protocol) client talking to the local SNMP monitor server. After a few email exchanges, I suggested he revert back to SNMP v1 to test the connectivity. I sent him a bare bones config file for SNMP v1 to test. The system admin was surprised by how small in size the config file was to get SNMP working. So let me share with you in this article how to mskr SNMP v1 communicate with an SNMP-aware monitor server. The standard configuration file AIX ships is over a 100 lines long. You don't need all those config entries to get SNMP up and running.

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
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TechTip: Installing IBM Connections on IBM i, Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Collaboration & Messaging
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

I'm going to show you how to install Connections on IBM i over the course of a few TechTips.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In a recent article, I explained what IBM Connections is and why IBM i is a fantastic operating system to run it on. Installing Connections on other platforms requires a number of servers. While installation on IBM i is by far more simplistic, there are still a lot of steps.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:24
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Partner TechTip: The Many Ways Robot Supports SNMP PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

Is your SNMP enterprise management solution busting your budget? Do you even have a trap-monitoring product in place? Learn how Robot products can double as an inexpensive solution for SNMP management.

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

SNMP (or simple network management protocol) is the network management and monitoring standard in the IT industry. Many devicessuch as switches, routers, printers, and servershave this protocol built in. SNMP is also used as one of the notification and escalation methodologies available in Robot products. Take as example a disk failure message or application message waiting and intercepted by Robot, or issues regarding a Robot-submitted job that ended abnormally. Typically, these events (SNMP traps) are directed to a central SNMP manager, which may be a central, corporate-wide, problem-ticketing system or management console. They can also be directed to Robot if you do not have a trap-monitoring product already in place (see Robot/TRAPPER below).

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
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RPG Academy: How to Create and Use Procedures PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - RPG
Written by Rafael Victoria-Pereira   
Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

Leverage your OPM RPG knowledge with this simple and practical example of using procedures.

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

I've been getting great feedback from the readers since the first TechTip of this series. I got lots of questions, suggestions, and even some constructive criticism. One of the main "complaints" was that the OPM scenario that was presented in the first TechTip (see Figure 1 below) was too old-fashioned and simplistic.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:44
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