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Most AS/400 programmers are familiar with message descriptions and message files, which provide a centralized repository to store messages used by programs to communicate with users. In many AS/400 shops, message descriptions also store text presented on screens and reports. The use of message descriptions, rather than hard-coded text, in programs facilitates the use of common text, phrases, and terms, which helps ensure a more consistent user interface.

Message descriptions can be used in several ways. The most common use for message descriptions is to store messages used to communicate errors and status. Application programs send these messages using CL commands or message APIs. The best way to display messages is in a message subfile. (For more information on sending messages and using message subfiles, see “RPG Building Blocks: ILE Message Handling” in the November 1998 issue of Midrange Computing.) Another way to use message descriptions is to store constant text used on screens, printer files, and command prompts. To use message descriptions to store constant screen or printer text, you use the DDS MSGCON keyword, supplying a message ID. When defining a command, you can supply a message ID in place of hard-coded prompt text.

Many international companies have to support multiple languages. One good way to separate language-specific information from applications is to use message descriptions. Message files are set up for each language supported. A translator familiar with the applications then duplicates and translates messages into language-specific message files. Each language’s message file contains messages sent to users as well as messages containing constant screen and printer text. You can use the message description support procedures provided with this article to extend multilanguage support to applications that do not use DDS to define their user interface.

Even though messages and message descriptions are a central part of the AS/400, the tools provided to maintain message descriptions lack one important feature: the ability to copy message descriptions. In organizations that use message descriptions, the ability to copy messages can save time and help ensure consistent messages. If your company uses message descriptions to provide support for multiple languages, the ability to copy a message can be especially useful, particularly when message descriptions contain replacement values. I originally wrote the message description and message file support toolkit that accompany this article to provide better support for message descriptions in

applications. Soon after, I used the toolkit to write the Copy Message Description (CPYMSGD) command presented here. Both the toolkit and command are now an integral part of my development toolset.

A Couple of New Tools

The Message Description Toolkit (MSGDTKT) procedures make it easier to incorporate message description support into your applications. This toolkit contains two procedures. The first is the Retrieve Message Description (RTVMSGD) subprocedure, which the CPYMSGD command uses. The second is the Retrieve Message File Attributes (RTVMSGFA) subprocedure. These procedures are easier to use than a direct call to the system APIs because they hide some of the underlying API’s complexity by providing default values, parsing return values, and handling errors.

The RTVMSGD subprocedure returns information about a message description using the Retrieve Message (QMHRTVM) API. There are two ways that this subprocedure is used. The first way retrieves information about a particular message description. You can also use RTVMSGD to retrieve information for multiple message descriptions by specifying *FIRST or *NEXT for the message ID to retrieve. The QMHRTVM API returns message description information in a single return value. Length and offset values at the beginning of the return value describe several variable-length values returned by the API. RTVMSGD uses these lengths and offsets to extract variable-length values returned by the API.

The other toolkit subprocedure, RTVMSGFA, returns message file information. Some of the message file attributes are message file text, the current file size, and the coded character set ID (CCSID). RTVMSGFA calls the Retrieve Message File Attributes (QMHRMFAT) API to retrieve this information.

Copying Message Descriptions

The CPYMSGD command combines API calls with a command interface to provide functionality missing from the AS/400. This command prompts for a copy-from message ID and message file as well as a target message ID and message file. When the CPYMSGD command runs, a validity check program first ensures that the parameters are valid. Next, the CPYMSGD command processing program (CPP) retrieves information about the message being copied and uses this information to prompt the Add Message Description (ADDMSGD) command.

The first thing I do when I create a new command is enter the command definition source and then create the command. Figure 1 (page 112) shows the source for the CPYMSGD command definition. Next, I prompt the command and create the panel group help text to better understand how the command will work. The panel group help text included with this command has the look and feel of a native AS/400 command. You can download the source for the CPYMSGD command, including the panel group help text, from www.midrangecomputing.com.

Once the command interface and help text is complete, the next step is to write the CPP. Figure 2 (page 113) shows the source for the CPYMSGD CPP, which is a CL module. The CPYMSGD CPP first calls the RTVMSGD subprocedure from the MSGDTKT to retrieve the copy-from message’s description. This call illustrates a problem with one-character return variables when CL modules call RPG IV subprocedures. To get around this problem, the CL program passes a two-character return variable and uses the %SST built-in to extract the first character.

The next step that the CPYMSGD CPP does is build an ADDMSGD command string using the copy-from message description’s information and selective prompt characters. To prompt the command string, the Check Command Syntax (QCMDCHK) API is used. This API returns the ADDMSGD command string along with any changes made during prompting. During the call to QCMDCHK, a monitor message for CPF6801

allows the program to determine if prompting was cancelled with F3 or F12. If the user did not cancel, the returned command string runs using a call to the Execute Command (QCMDEXC) API.

Validity check programs check command prompt values for errors before a command’s CPP is called. Figure 3 shows the validity check program CPYMSGDV for the CPYMSGD command. This program checks to see that the copy-from message ID exists, the message files exist, and the copy-from and copy-to values differ. If an error is found, an error flag is set and a diagnostic-type message is sent to the validity check program. After checking all of the parameters for errors, the validity check program receives and returns any diagnostic messages to the calling program using the message ID CPD0006. Next, the validity check program sends CPF0002 as an escape message to indicate that a problem has occurred.

Why Didn’t IBM Do That?

Rather than lament the fact that IBM did not anticipate the needs of every user, you can use APIs to create support for features that IBM did not predict. The AS/400 provides hundreds of APIs that you can use to build support for these missing features. Access to these APIs is easier than ever from ILE programs written in RPG. If you use a command interface for this support and follow system conventions, your enhancements will integrate seamlessly with the operating system. To me, the comment “When did IBM add this command to the operating system?” is the highest form of compliment.

Storing the text and messages used in your applications in message descriptions can help you create a more consistent interface for your applications. Message descriptions are also a good way to support multiple languages in AS/400 applications. The procedures found in the message description toolkit use encapsulation to hide the underlying complexity of the supported APIs. These toolkit procedures make it easier to use message descriptions in applications that do not use DDS.

REFERENCES AND RELATED MATERIALS

• AS/400 Information Center Overview 5 (SC41-5315-01, QA3AIC01)

• OS/400 CL Programming 4R5 (SC41-5721-03, CD-ROM QB3AUO03)

 CMD PROMPT(‘Copy Message Description’)
PARM KWD(FROMMSGID) TYPE(*NAME) LEN(7) MIN(1) +
FULL(*YES) EXPR(*YES) PROMPT(‘Message +
identifier’)
PARM KWD(FROMMSGF) TYPE(QMSGF) MIN(1) +
CHOICE(*NONE) PROMPT(‘Message file’)
PARM KWD(TOMSGID) TYPE(*NAME) LEN(7) +
DFT(*FROMMSGID) SPCVAL((*FROMMSGID +
*FROMMS)) FULL(*YES) EXPR(*YES) +
PROMPT(‘To message identifier’)
PARM KWD(TOMSGF) TYPE(QTOMSGF) DFT(*FROMMSGF) +
SNGVAL((*FROMMSGF)) CHOICE(*NONE) +
PROMPT(‘To message file’)
QMSGF: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) MIN(1) EXPR(*YES)
QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*LIBL) +
SPCVAL((*LIBL) (*CURLIB)) EXPR(*YES) +
PROMPT(‘Library’)
QTOMSGF: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) EXPR(*YES)
QUAL TYPE(*NAME) LEN(10) DFT(*LIBL) +
SPCVAL((*LIBL) (*CURLIB)) EXPR(*YES) +
PROMPT(‘Library’)
PGM (&FromMsgID &FromMsgF &ToMsgID &ToMsgF)

Figure 1: To create the new command, first enter the Copy Message Description command definition source.

 DCL &FromMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* Message ID */
DCL &FromMsgF *CHAR LEN(20) /* Message File */
DCL &ToMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* To message ID */
DCL &ToMsgF *CHAR LEN(20) /* To Message File */
DCL &FromMsgFN *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Name */
DCL &FromMsgFL *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Library */
DCL &ToMsgFN *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Name */
DCL &ToMsgFL *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Library */
DCL &RtnMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* Returned Message ID */
DCL &MsgTxt *CHAR LEN(134) /* Variable Message text */
DCL &MsgTxtLen *DEC LEN(5) /* Message text length */
DCL &SecLvl *CHAR LEN(3002) /* Variable Second level text */
DCL &SecLvlLen *DEC LEN(5) /* Second level text length */
DCL &Fmt *CHAR LEN(792) /* Variable format */
DCL &Len *CHAR LEN(198) /* Variable length */
DCL &Dec *CHAR LEN(198) /* Variable decimal pos */
DCL &Sev *DEC LEN(2) /* Message severity */
DCL &Ele *DEC LEN(5) /* Element */
DCL &StrLen *DEC LEN(5) /* String length */
DCL &Off *DEC LEN(5) /* Offset */
DCL &Off2 *DEC LEN(5) /* Offset */
DCL &Tst *CHAR LEN(2) /* Test character */
DCL &DecVal5 *DEC LEN(5) /* Decimal value */
DCL &DecAlp5 *CHAR LEN(5) /* Alpha decimal value */
DCL &DecVal2 *DEC LEN(2) /* Decimal value */
DCL &DecAlp2 *CHAR LEN(2) /* Alpha decimal value */
DCL &Cmd *CHAR LEN(4000) /* Command to execute */
DCL &ErrFlg *CHAR LEN(2) /* Return error flag */
DCL &Msgid *CHAR LEN(7) /* Status message */
DCL &MsgF *CHAR LEN(10) /* Status message */
DCL &MsgFLib *CHAR LEN(10) /* Status message */
DCL &MsgDta *CHAR LEN(60) /* Status message */
DCL &Qte *LGL /* Quote flag */
DCL &EscFlg *LGL /* Escape flag */
MONMSG CPF0000 EXEC(GOTO Error)
CHGVAR &FromMsgFN %SST(&FromMsgF 1 10)
CHGVAR &FromMsgFL %SST(&FromMsgF 11 10)
IF (&ToMsgID = '*FROMMS') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ToMsgID &FromMsgID
ENDDO
IF (&ToMsgF = '*FROMMSGF') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ToMsgFN &FromMsgFN
CHGVAR &ToMsgFL &FromMsgFL
ENDDO
ELSE DO
CHGVAR &ToMsgFN %SST(&ToMsgF 1 10)
CHGVAR &ToMsgFL %SST(&ToMsgF 11 10)
ENDDO
CALLPRC PRC(RtvMsgD) PARM(&FromMsgID &FromMsgFN &FromMsgFL *NULL *YES +
&RtnMsgID &MsgTxt &SecLvl &Fmt &Len &Dec &Sev)+
RTNVAL(&ErrFlg)
IF (%SST(&ErrFlg 1 1) = '1') THEN(GOTO Error)
CHGVAR &MsgTxtLen %BIN(&MsgTxt 1 2) /* Set length of varying parameter */
CHGVAR &SecLvlLen %BIN(&SecLvl 1 2)
CHGVAR &DecAlp2 &Sev /* Convert to alpha */
/* Build required part of add message command */
CHGVAR &Cmd ('ADDMSGD +
?-MSGF(' *CAT &ToMsgFL *TCAT '/' *CAT &ToMsgFN *TCAT ') +
MSGID(' *CAT &ToMsgID *TCAT ') +
MSG(''' *CAT %SST(&MsgTxt 3 &MsgTxtLen) *TCAT ''') +
SEV(' *CAT &DecAlp2 *CAT ')')
/* Add second level text if any is found */
IF (&SecLvlLen *NE 0) THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *BCAT +
'SECLVL(''' *CAT %SST(&SecLvl 3 &SecLvlLen) *TCAT ''')')
ENDDO
/* Add message data fields if any are found */
IF (%SST(&Fmt 1 8) *NE ' ') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &Ele 1 /* Inz element for format variables */
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *BCAT 'FMT(')
NextFmt:
CHGVAR &Off (&Ele * 8 - 7) /* Set off to format variable */
IF ((&Off < 792) *AND (%SST(&Fmt &Off 8) *NE ' ')) THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *TCAT '(' *CAT %SST(&Fmt &Off 8))
CHGVAR &Off (&Ele * 2 - 1) /* Set off to length variable */
CHGVAR &DecVal5 %BIN(&Len &Off 2)
CHGVAR &DecAlp5 &DecVal5
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *BCAT &DecAlp5)
CHGVAR &Off (&Ele * 2 - 1) /* Set off to decimal variable */
CHGVAR &DecVal2 %BIN(&Dec &Off 2)
CHGVAR &DecAlp2 &DecVal2
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *BCAT &DecAlp2 *TCAT ')')
CHGVAR &Ele (&Ele + 1) /* Next format variable */
GOTO NextFmt
ENDDO
CHGVAR &Cmd (&Cmd *TCAT ')')
ENDDO
GOTO RepApost /* Replace apostrophe */
Retry:
CHGVAR &CMD ('?' *CAT &CMD)
CALL PGM(QCMDCHK) PARM(&CMD 4000)
MONMSG CPF6801 EXEC(GOTO Resend) /* F3/12 pressed */
CALL PGM(QCMDEXC) PARM(&CMD 4000)
MONMSG CPF0000 EXEC(DO)
RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*LAST) MSGDTA(&MsgDta) +
MSGID(&MsgID) MSGF(&MsgF) +
MSGFLIB(&MsgFLib) RMV(*YES)
SNDPGMMSG MSGID(&MsgID) MSGF(&MsgFLib/&MsgF) +
MSGDTA(&MsgDta) TOPGMQ(*EXT)
RCVMSG PGMQ(*EXT) MSGTYPE(*LAST) RMV(*YES)
GOTO Retry
ENDDO
/* No errors end program. */
GOTO CMDLBL(Resend)
/* Replace single with double apostrophe. */
RepApost:
CHGVAR &Off 1
NextPos:
CHGVAR &Tst %SST(&Cmd &Off 2)
/* Set flag if in quoted string */
IF (&Tst = '(''') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &Off (&OFF + 2) /* Skip this quote */
CHGVAR &Qte '1'
ENDDO
ELSE DO
IF (&Tst = ''')' *AND &Qte) THEN(CHGVAR &Qte '0')
ENDDO
/* Set flag at end of quoted string */
/* Replace apostrophe with two appostrophies */
IF (&Qte *AND %SST(&Cmd &Off 1) = '''') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &Off (&Off + 1)
CHGVAR &Off2 (&Off + 1)
CHGVAR &StrLen (4000 - &Off)
CHGVAR %SST(&Cmd &Off2 &StrLen) (%SST(&Cmd &Off &StrLen))
CHGVAR %SST(&Cmd &Off 1) ''''
ENDDO
/* Next position */
CHGVAR &Off (&Off + 1)
/* Not end of command */
IF (&Off < 4000) THEN(GOTO NextPos)
GOTO Retry
/* Errors, resend messages and end program. */
Error:
IF &EscFlg THEN(GOTO Escape)
CHGVAR &EscFlg '1' /* Severe errors */
Resend:
CALLPRC PRC(MovMsg)
Escape:
IF &EscFlg DO
CALLPRC PRC(SndEscMsg) PARM('CPF0001' 'CPYMSG')
MONMSG CPF0000 /* To prevent endless loop */
ENDDO /* &EscFlg */
ENDPGM
PGM (&FromMsgID &FromMsgF &ToMsgID &ToMsgF)
DCL &FromMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* Message ID */
DCL &FromMsgF *CHAR LEN(20) /* Message File */
DCL &ToMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* To message ID */
DCL &ToMsgF *CHAR LEN(20) /* To Message File */
DCL &EscFlg *LGL /* Escape flag */
DCL &FromMsgFN *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Name */
DCL &FromMsgFL *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Library */
DCL &ToMsgFN *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Name */
DCL &ToMsgFL *CHAR LEN(10) /* Message File Library */
DCL &RtnMsgID *CHAR LEN(7) /* Message ID */

Figure 2: The Copy Message Description command processing program is a CL module.

 DCL &MsgIDErr *CHAR LEN(2) /* Return error flag */
DCL &ErrFlg *LGL /* Error found */
DCL &EscFlg *LGL /* Escape processing */
DCL &Msg *CHAR LEN(132) /* Error message */
DCL &RtnType *CHAR LEN(2) /* Message return type */
DCL &KeyVar *CHAR LEN(4) /* Message key */
CHGVAR &FromMsgFN %SST(&FromMsgF 1 10)
CHGVAR &FromMsgFL %SST(&FromMsgF 11 10)
IF (&ToMsgID = '*FROMMS') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ToMsgID &FromMsgID
ENDDO
IF (&ToMsgF = '*FROMMSGF') THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ToMsgFN &FromMsgFN
CHGVAR &ToMsgFL &FromMsgFL
ENDDO
ELSE DO
CHGVAR &ToMsgFN %SST(&ToMsgF 1 10)
CHGVAR &ToMsgFL %SST(&ToMsgF 11 10)
ENDDO
CHKOBJ OBJ(&FromMsgFL/&FromMsgFN) OBJTYPE(*MSGF)
MONMSG CPF0000 EXEC(DO)
CHGVAR &ErrFlg '1'
ENDDO
IF (*NOT &ErrFlg) THEN(DO) /* Message file OK, check the ID */
CALLPRC PRC(RtvMsgD) PARM(&FromMsgID &FromMsgFN &FromMsgFL *NULL *YES +
&RtnMsgID) RTNVAL(&MsgIDErr)
IF (%SST(&MsgIDErr 1 1) = '1' *OR &RtnMsgID *NE &FromMsgID) THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ErrFlg '1'
ENDDO
ENDDO
CHKOBJ OBJ(&ToMsgFL/&ToMsgFN) OBJTYPE(*MSGF)
MONMSG CPF0000 EXEC(DO)
CHGVAR &ErrFlg '1'
ENDDO
IF ((&FromMsgFL *EQ &ToMsgFL) *AND (&FromMsgFN *EQ &ToMsgFN)) +
THEN(DO)
CHGVAR &ErrFlg '1'
SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF9897) MSGF(QCPFMSG) TOPGMQ(*SAME) +
MSGDTA('From and to message file and library must be +
different.') MSGTYPE(*DIAG)
ENDDO
/* No errors end program. */
IF (*NOT &ErrFlg) THEN(GOTO EndPgm)
/* Errors, resend messages and end program. */
Error:
IF &EscFlg THEN(GOTO Escape)
CHGVAR &EscFlg '1' /* Severe errors */
CHGVAR &KEYVAR '*TOP'
Resend:
RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*NEXT) MSGKEY(&KeyVar) KEYVAR(&KeyVar) MSG(&Msg) +
RTNTYPE(&RtnType)
IF (&RtnType *NE ' ') DO
IF ((&RtnType *EQ '02') *OR +
(&RtnType *EQ '04') *OR +
(&RtnType *EQ '15')) THEN(DO) /* *DIAG,*INFO,*ESCAPE */
SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPD0006) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGDTA('0000' *CAT &Msg) +
MSGTYPE(*DIAG)
ENDDO
GOTO Resend /* Get next message */
ENDDO
Escape:
IF &EscFlg DO
CALLPRC PRC(SndEscMsg) PARM('CPF0002')
MONMSG CPF0000 /* To prevent endless loop */
ENDDO /* &EscFlg */
EndPgm: ENDPGM

Figure 3: The Copy Message Description validity check program prompts values for errors before the command’s CPP is called.

David Morris
David Morris has worked with and written about a variety of technologies, including ILE, RPG, business intelligence, SQL, security, and genetic programming. Today, David is developing Web applications that run on the iSeries using RPG, Java, and XML as well as writing about these technologies for technical journals.

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    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.