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Brief: Now you can give your users the ability to check text fields for spelling errors. This article offers you a utility that makes it easy to implement this capability for your own applications.

Computerized spelling aids are an important feature of word processing software. They allow the user to quickly locate and correct misspelled words in a document. OfficeVision/400 offers this capability, but only from within its own environment. With V2R3 of OS/400, two new application program interfaces (APIs) allow you to put spell-checking capabilities into your own applications. To make it easy, I have created the Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) command which you can use to perform this function.

You usually find spell-checking capabilities only in word processing software. However, any application which allows the user to enter free-form text (e.g., descriptions, comments, notes, instructions) can benefit from this capability. For example, an inventory application which allows a user to create a purchase order may contain a field for special instructions to the vendor. By implementing spell-checking capabilities, the user can ensure that the instructions printed on the purchase order do not contain any spelling errors. This presents a more professional image for your company and eliminates misunderstandings caused by a misspelled word.

I'll begin by showing you what the Spell Check Text utility does; then I'll explain how to add it to your applications. I'll discuss how this utility uses two new APIs to perform the actual check for spelling errors, and I'll also show you how to create your own dictionaries.

Introducing the Spell Check Text Utility

The Spell Check Text utility analyzes words in a text string. Each word in the string is looked up in a spelling aid dictionary (more on this in a moment). When a word is not found in a dictionary, you are presented with a window as illustrated in 1. The window shows the word in question and allows you to type in a correction. It also contains a list of suggested words from which you can make a selection. Using this window, you can accept the original word, type in a correction to the word or select a word from the list. When you press Enter, the Spell Check Text utility continues to check the spelling of the remaining words in the text string. Pressing F3 or F12 at the window cancels the spell-checking process for the remaining words in the string.

The Spell Check Text utility analyzes words in a text string. Each word in the string is looked up in a spelling aid dictionary (more on this in a moment). When a word is not found in a dictionary, you are presented with a window as illustrated in Figure 1. The window shows the word in question and allows you to type in a correction. It also contains a list of suggested words from which you can make a selection. Using this window, you can accept the original word, type in a correction to the word or select a word from the list. When you press Enter, the Spell Check Text utility continues to check the spelling of the remaining words in the text string. Pressing F3 or F12 at the window cancels the spell-checking process for the remaining words in the string.

A spelling aid dictionary is an object (type *SPADCT) which contains a list of words used to correct spelling errors when a spell-check function is requested. There are two types of spelling aid dictionaries. Those supplied by IBM are called IBM language dictionaries. Those which you create on your own are called user dictionaries.

If you have the OfficeVision/400 licensed program, you should find one or more IBM language dictionaries on your system. IBM language dictionaries are available for most major languages including English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, as well as many others. The English language dictionary is called US in library QDCT. The utility, by default, uses this dictionary, but you can easily change it to the dictionary of your choice. Use the Work with Spelling Aid Dictionaries (WRKSPADCT) command to verify that you have an IBM language dictionary on your system before implementing the Spell Check Text utility. If you don't find an IBM language dictionary on your system, you can purchase one as a separately chargeable licensed program (5738DCT).

You may never need a spelling aid dictionary other than the IBM language dictionary. However, you can supplement the IBM language dictionary by creating your own user dictionary. You can put into your user dictionary words that are not found in the IBM language dictionary. These additions could include names and addresses or words that are specific to your business. You can then request that the Spell Check Text utility verify spelling against words in your user dictionary as well as the IBM language dictionary. This prevents the utility from prompting you for words which you know are spelled correctly but are outside the mainstream language. For information on how to create a user dictionary, see the accompanying sidebar.

Implementing the Spell Check Text Utility

The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) command is designed to be incorporated into one of your application programs. Basically, your program passes the command a text string and the command passes back the text with any corrections made by the user.

Look at the prompt for the SPLCHKTXT command in 2. This command contains four parameters. The TEXT parameter allows you to pass up to 256 bytes of text to the command. Although you can specify a constant in this parameter, you would normally specify a character variable loaded from a screen field. The RTNVAR parameter returns the corrected text to your program in another 256-byte character variable. For screen fields longer than 256 bytes, you must run the SPLCHKTXT command repeatedly.

Look at the prompt for the SPLCHKTXT command in Figure 2. This command contains four parameters. The TEXT parameter allows you to pass up to 256 bytes of text to the command. Although you can specify a constant in this parameter, you would normally specify a character variable loaded from a screen field. The RTNVAR parameter returns the corrected text to your program in another 256-byte character variable. For screen fields longer than 256 bytes, you must run the SPLCHKTXT command repeatedly.

The last two parameters specify spelling aid dictionaries. The LNGDCT parameter defaults to QDCT/US, which is the English version of the IBM language dictionary. The USRDCT parameter, which defaults to *NONE, allows you to specify a user dictionary should you decide to use one.

Commands such as SPLCHKTXT, which return information in a program variable, can only be executed from within a CL program. This means that you can't run this command from a command line. It also means that you can't use QCMDEXC to run SPLCHKTXT from within RPG or COBOL programs, which are strong candidates for spell-checking assistance. In this case, I recommend that you call the command- processing program (CPP) directly. Pass the program the same parameters that you would pass to the command and it will run just as if the command had been executed.

How the Spell Check Text Utility Works

The source code for the SPLCHKTXT command is shown in 3. The CPP, TXT003CL, is shown in 4. TXT003CL checks for the existence of the IBM language dictionary and the user dictionary (if specified) and then calls an RPG program to check for misspelled words.

The source code for the SPLCHKTXT command is shown in Figure 3. The CPP, TXT003CL, is shown in Figure 4. TXT003CL checks for the existence of the IBM language dictionary and the user dictionary (if specified) and then calls an RPG program to check for misspelled words.

The TXT003RG program, shown in 5, calls the two APIs that actually perform the spell-checking operation. The program receives the parameters from the TXT003CL program and loads the dictionary names into a data structure so that they can be passed to the APIs. The real work of the program is done in the CHKSPL (check spelling) subroutine.

The TXT003RG program, shown in Figure 5, calls the two APIs that actually perform the spell-checking operation. The program receives the parameters from the TXT003CL program and loads the dictionary names into a data structure so that they can be passed to the APIs. The real work of the program is done in the CHKSPL (check spelling) subroutine.

The CHKSPL subroutine calls the Check Spelling (QTWCHKSP) API. This API accepts a text string containing a list of words and the names of the dictionaries to be used as spelling references. The API returns any words in the text string which are not found in the dictionaries. These words are considered misspelled. A counter is also returned, specifying the number of misspelled words. For each misspelled word, TXT003RG executes the AIDSPL (aid spelling) subroutine.

The AIDSPL subroutine calls the Aid Spelling (QTWAIDSP) API which has parameters almost identical to those used for the Check Spelling API. The difference is that instead of accepting a string of words, this API accepts only one word at a time. For each word, the Aid Spelling API returns a list of suggested spellings to the program. These suggestions are loaded into a subfile and displayed in a window on the screen. The display file for the window, TXT003DF, is shown in 6. The results from the screen are analyzed to determine if the user has changed the word or made a selection. If the user changes the misspelled word, the RPLWRD (replace word) subroutine is executed.

The AIDSPL subroutine calls the Aid Spelling (QTWAIDSP) API which has parameters almost identical to those used for the Check Spelling API. The difference is that instead of accepting a string of words, this API accepts only one word at a time. For each word, the Aid Spelling API returns a list of suggested spellings to the program. These suggestions are loaded into a subfile and displayed in a window on the screen. The display file for the window, TXT003DF, is shown in Figure 6. The results from the screen are analyzed to determine if the user has changed the word or made a selection. If the user changes the misspelled word, the RPLWRD (replace word) subroutine is executed.

The RPLWRD subroutine puts the new word in place of the old one. It accomplishes this by retrieving the text to the left and right of the old word within the text string. It then pieces together the left-hand text, the new word and the right-hand text to create the new text string. This new text string is ultimately passed back to your application program.

Poor Spellers, Help Has Arrived

Like most people, I'm not a perfect speller. But you wouldn't know it by reading this article. That's because my word processor let me check this article for spelling errors before you had a chance to read it. Now you can give your users this same capability from within your AS/400 applications.

Not only do spelling errors make your users look bad; if errors are seen by customers, they tarnish the image of your whole organization. Implement the Spell Check Text utility to give your users online, spell-checking capabilities. You'll be saving them the time they would spend manually looking up questionable words in a dictionary. You'll also give them confidence that the data they entered into the AS/400 is correctly spelled

Robin Klima is a senior technical editor at Midrange Computing.

Creating a User Dictionary

A user dictionary is a specialized spelling aid dictionary (object type *SPADCT) which you can create on your system. Your user dictionary should contain any frequently used words in your industry that the IBM language dictionaries do not contain. You can specify a user dictionary in the USRDCT parameter of the Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) command. The SPLCHKTXT utility will then consider those words to be correctly spelled when it encounters them in a text string. Although OfficeVision/400 provides a method of creating a user dictionary, you can also accomplish the task without using OfficeVision. The following instructions describe how to perform this task.

Use SEU command to create a source member in a source physical file, and specify SPADCT for the source type (TYPE) parameter.

Enter the words you want to add to your user dictionary. Words can be entered in any order. More than one word can be entered on the same line as long as you leave at least one space between words. Words entered in uppercase, lowercase or mixed case are treated the same. Since single hyphens are ignored (e.g., mother-in-law = motherinlaw), you must use double hyphens to represent a single hyphen (e.g., father--in--law = father-in-law).

Use the Create Spelling Aid Dictionary (CRTSPADCT) command to create the dictionary. You can use option 14 in PDM as long as the member type is SPADCT. Although you can take most of the default values on the CRTSPADCT command, you might want to consider changing some parameters.

The Base Dictionary (BASEDCT) parameter is optional. If specified, words for the dictionary being created come from two sources: the source member and the user dictionary specified in this parameter. This allows you to combine words from another user dictionary with your new list. (An IBM language dictionary cannot be specified in this parameter.)

The Verify Dictionary (VFYDCT) parameter specifies the name of a dictionary that is checked for each word in the source member. Only those words not found in the verification dictionary are added to the dictionary being created. The verification dictionary can be another user dictionary or an IBM language dictionary. This allows you to avoid words already included in another dictionary.

The Language Attribute (LNGATR) parameter specifies the extended attribute for the dictionary object being created, as well as the processing rules which apply to that dictionary when it is used. Because each language has its own structure, specifying the language attribute allows the system to create and store the dictionary more efficiently. The default is *NONE, but you can to change it to *ENGLISH or a number of other languages such as *ESPANA, *FRANCAIS or *ITALIANO.

The CRTSPADCT command creates a spool file which you can view to determine the number of words that were processed and the number of words added to your dictionary. Once you have created a user dictionary, you can then use it in the USRDCT parameter of the SPLCHKTXT command.


The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 1 The Spell-check Window

 .................................. : Spell Check : : : : Word MISPELED : : : : Correct word or make selection : : 1=Select : : : : Opt Suggested spelling : : _ MISSPELLED : : _ MISPLAYED : : _ MISPLACED : : _ MISRULED : : _ MISFILED : : _ MISLABELED : : Bottom : : : : F3=Exit F12=Cancel : :................................: 
The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 2 Prompting the SPLCHKTXT Command

 Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Type choices, press Enter. Text to spell check . . . . . . TEXT _______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________________ _ _________________________________________________________________ CL variable for returned text . RTNVAR ___________ Language dictionary . . . . . . LNGDCT US Library . . . . . . . . . . . QDCT User dictionary . . . . . . . . USRDCT *NONE Library . . . . . . . . . . . *LIBL Bottom F3=Exit F4=Prompt F5=Refresh F12=Cancel F13=How to use this display F24=More keys 
The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 3 The SPLCHKTXT Command

 /*================================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCMD CMD(XXX/SPLCHKTXT) PGM(XXX/TXT003CL) + */ /* SRCFILE(XXX/QCMDSRC) ALLOW(*IPGM) */ /* */ /*================================================================*/ SPLCHKTXT: CMD PROMPT('Spell Check Text') PARM KWD(TEXT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) MIN(1) + PROMPT('Text to spell check') PARM KWD(RTNVAR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) + RTNVAL(*YES) MIN(1) PROMPT('CL variable + for returned text') PARM KWD(LNGDCT) TYPE(QUAL1) PROMPT('Language + dictionary') PARM KWD(USRDCT) TYPE(QUAL2) PROMPT('User + dictionary') QUAL1: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) DFT(US) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) DFT(QDCT) SPCVAL((*LIBL)) + PROMPT('Library') QUAL2: QUAL TYPE(*NAME) DFT(*NONE) SPCVAL((*NONE)) QUAL TYPE(*NAME) DFT(*LIBL) SPCVAL((*LIBL)) + PROMPT('Library') 
The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 4 CL Program TXT003CL

 /*===============================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCLPGM PGM(XXX/TXT003CL) SRCFILE(XXX/QCLSRC) */ /* */ /*===============================================================*/ TXT003CL: + PGM PARM(&TEXT &RTNVAR &LNGDCT &USRDCT) DCL VAR(&TEXT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) DCL VAR(&RTNVAR) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(256) DCL VAR(&LNGDCT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&USRDCT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(20) DCL VAR(&MSGID) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(7) DCL VAR(&MSGF) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&MSGFLIB) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) DCL VAR(&MSGDTA) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(80) /* Send all errors to error handling routine */ MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000 IWS0000) EXEC(GOTO CMDLBL(ERROR)) /* Check for existence of language dictionary */ CHKOBJ OBJ(%SST(&LNGDCT 11 10)/%SST(&LNGDCT 1 10)) OBJTYPE(*SPADCT) /* Check for existence of user dictionary */ IF COND(%SST(&USRDCT 1 10) *NE '*NONE') THEN(CHKOBJ + OBJ(%SST(&USRDCT 11 10)/%SST(&USRDCT 1 10)) OBJTYPE(*SPADCT)) ELSE CMD(CHGVAR VAR(&USRDCT) VALUE(' ')) /* Call program to spell check text */ CALL PGM(TXT003RG) PARM(&TEXT &RTNVAR &LNGDCT &USRDCT) /* Branch around error handling routine */ GOTO CMDLBL(ENDPGM) /* Error handling routine */ ERROR: + RCVMSG MSGTYPE(*EXCP) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGF) + MSGFLIB(&MSGFLIB) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(&MSGID) MSGF(&MSGFLIB/&MSGF) MSGDTA(&MSGDTA) + MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) ENDPGM: + ENDPGM 
The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 5 RPG Program TXT003RG

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/TXT003RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FTXT003DFCF E WORKSTN F RN KSFILE WDWSFL E RTN 256 1 ICHKVAR DS 512 I B 13 160CHKAVL I B 17 200CHKOFF I B 21 240CHKLEN IAIDVAR DS 512 I B 13 160AIDAVL I B 29 320AIDOFF I B 33 360AIDLEN IINPDCT IDS 172 I I 12 B 1 40DCTOFF I I 1 B 5 80DCTNUM I I 0 B 9 120DCTRSV I 13 32 INPDC1 I 33 52 INPDC2 IWKFLDS IDS I I 512 B 1 40RCVLEN I I 172 B 5 80INPLEN I B 9 120WRDLEN I B 13 160OUTDCT I B 17 200OUTLEN I B 21 240OFFBIN I 21 24 OFFCHR I B 25 280LENBIN I 25 28 LENCHR IERROR IDS I B 1 40BYTPRV * C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM TEXT 256 C PARM RTNVAR256 C PARM LNGDCT 20 C PARM USRDCT 20 * * Load input dictionary data structure C MOVELLNGDCT INPDC1 C USRDCT IFNE *BLANKS C MOVELUSRDCT INPDC2 C Z-ADD2 DCTNUM C ENDIF * * Check spelling of input string C EXSR CHKSPL * C MOVE *ON *INLR ***************************************************************** C CHKSPL BEGSR * C MOVELTEXT RTNVAR C ' ' CHEKRTEXT WRDLEN C Z-ADD0 COUNT 30 C Z-ADD1 ST 30 * * Call "Check Spelling" API to retrieve misspelled words C CALL 'QTWCHKSP' C PARM CHKVAR C PARM RCVLEN C PARM 'CHKW0100'FMTNAM 8 C PARM TEXT C PARM WRDLEN C PARM INPDCT C PARM INPLEN C PARM OUTDCT C PARM OUTLEN C PARM ERROR * * Process misspelled words until no more or user cancels C COUNT DOWLTCHKAVL C *IN03 ANDEQ*OFF C CHKOFF ADD 1 X 40 C 4 SUBSTCHKVAR:X OFFCHR C ADD 4 X C 4 SUBSTCHKVAR:X LENCHR C ADD CHKLEN CHKOFF C OFFBIN ADD 1 X C LENBIN SUBSTCHKVAR:X WRD 25 P C Z-ADDLENBIN LENWRD 30 C EXSR AIDSPL C END * C ENDSR ***************************************************************** C AIDSPL BEGSR * * Clear subfile C MOVE *OFF *IN90 C MOVE *ON *IN91 C WRITEWDWCTL C MOVE *OFF *IN91 C Z-ADD0 RN 40 * C ' ' CHEKRWRD WRDLEN C Z-ADDWRDLEN WL 30 C WRD:WL SCAN RTNVAR:ST ST * * Call "Aid Spelling" API to retrieve suggested spellings C CALL 'QTWAIDSP' C PARM AIDVAR C PARM RCVLEN C PARM 'AIDW0100'FMTNAM C PARM WRD C PARM WRDLEN C PARM INPDCT C PARM INPLEN C PARM OUTDCT C PARM OUTLEN C PARM ERROR * * Load suggested spellings into subfile C AIDAVL IFGT 0 C DO AIDAVL C AIDOFF ADD 1 X 40 C 4 SUBSTAIDVAR:X OFFCHR C ADD 4 X C 4 SUBSTAIDVAR:X LENCHR C ADD AIDLEN AIDOFF C OFFBIN ADD 1 X C MOVE *BLANKS SFOPTN C LENBIN SUBSTAIDVAR:X SFWORD P C MOVE *ON *IN90 C ADD 1 RN C WRITEWDWSFL C END C END * * Display window containing suggested spellings C ADD 1 COUNT C MOVELWRD CTWORD C WRITEWDWFTR C EXFMTWDWCTL C MOVE 'N' REPLCD 1 * * Check to see if user changed the word C WRD IFNE CTWORD C MOVELCTWORD RPWORD 25 C EXSR RPLWRD C ENDIF * * Check to see if a selection was made C *IN90 IFEQ *ON C READCWDWSFL 99 C *IN99 DOWEQ*OFF C SFOPTN IFEQ '1' C MOVELSFWORD RPWORD C EXSR RPLWRD C MOVE *ON *IN99 C ELSE C READCWDWSFL 99 C ENDIF C ENDDO C ENDIF * C REPLCD IFEQ 'N' C ADD WL ST C ENDIF * C ENDSR ***************************************************************** C RPLWRD BEGSR * C MOVE 'Y' REPLCD C MOVE *BLANKS LEFT 256 C MOVE *BLANKS RIGHT 256 C ST SUB 1 X * C X IFGT 0 C X SUBSTRTNVAR LEFT C ENDIF * C 257 SUB ST Y 30 C SUB WRDLEN Y C WRDLEN ADD ST X * C Y IFGT 0 C Y SUBSTRTNVAR:X RIGHT C ENDIF * C MOVEALEFT RTN C MOVEARPWORD RTN,ST C ' ' CHEKRRPWORD RPWDLN 30 C ST ADD RPWDLN X C MOVEARIGHT RTN,X C MOVEARTN RTNVAR C ADD RPWDLN ST * C ENDSR *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
The Spell Check Text (SPLCHKTXT) Command

Figure 6 Display File TXT003DF

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTDSPF FILE(XXX/TXT003DF) SRCFILE(XXX/QDDSSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 A DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) A CA03(03) A CA12(03) A R WDWSFL SFL A SFOPTN 1A B 9 2VALUES(' ' '1') A SFWORD 25A O 9 6 A R WDWCTL SFLCTL(WDWSFL) A SFLSIZ(0007) A SFLPAG(0006) A WINDOW(WDWFTR) A KEEP A OVERLAY A 90 SFLDSP A N91 SFLDSPCTL A 91 SFLCLR A N03 SFLEND(*MORE) A 1 11'Spell Check' A DSPATR(HI) A 3 1'Word' A DSPATR(HI) A CTWORD 25A B 3 6CHECK(LC) A 5 1'Correct word or make selection' A COLOR(BLU) A 6 3'1=Select' A COLOR(BLU) A 8 1'Opt' A DSPATR(HI) A 8 6'Suggested spelling' A DSPATR(HI) A R WDWFTR A WINDOW(3 25 17 30 *NOMSGLIN) A WDWBORDER((*DSPATR HI)) A 17 1'F3=Exit' A COLOR(BLU) A 17 11'F12=Cancel' A COLOR(BLU) A R DUMMY ASSUME A 1 2' ' *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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    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.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • 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.