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Last month's article demonstrated how the Retrieve Command Definition (QCDRCMDD) API could be used to access the list of SYSVAL special values associated with the DSPSYSVAL command, thereby removing the need to know in advance what system values are valid for the system the program is running on. The sample program then loaded these special value names into the array SysVals. This month, we'll look at how the Retrieve System Values (QWCRSVAL) API can be used to access the values associated with each system value name found in SysVals. For demonstration purposes, we'll display the various system values using a subfile.

But before looking at the subfile we'll be using today, I need to point out an API change that has occurred since last month's article. Last month, in our discussion of the Bytes returned and Bytes available fields returned by the QCDRCMDD API when using format DEST0100, I mentioned that the value returned for the Bytes available field did not account for the 8 bytes needed to hold Bytes returned and Bytes available. The week following publication of the article, IBM provided PTFs for QCDRCMDD so that the Bytes available value returned does reflect the 8 bytes for Bytes available and Bytes returned. The PTFs are SI47772 for V5R4, SI47773 for 6.1, and SI47774 for 7.1. So my note concerning the need to add 8 to Bytes available, when dynamically allocating a receiver variable, no longer applies (assuming you have the PTFs installed, that is). If you have existing programs that currently add 8, then you'll be allocating 8 bytes more than is strictly necessary, but I wouldn't worry about it as 8 bytes are hardly something you would notice! With the previously mentioned PTFs applied, the definition for Bytes returned remains as being the length of the returned XML data. As QCDRCMDD has been available since V5R1, and changing this definition to account for the 8 bytes returned for Bytes available and Bytes returned could impact current use of this value in operations such as %subst and CCSID conversions, compatibility concerns dictated that this value be left as is.

Returning to our current task of displaying the system values, the subfile we will be using is shown below. Assuming that the source is stored in member LSTSVDSPF of source file QDDSSRC, you can create the display file using the command CRTDSPF FILE(LSTSVDSPF) SRCFILE(QDDSSRC).

A                                      CA03(03 'Exit')          

A         R SV_SFL                   SFL                      

A           SYSVALNAME   10A O 5 2                        

A           SVVALUE       60A O 5 15                        

A         R SV_CTL                    SFLCTL(SV_SFL)          

A                                     OVERLAY                  

A                                     SFLPAG(18)              

A                                     SFLSIZ(19)              

A 31                                  SFLDSP SFLEND            

A N32                                 SFLDSPCTL                

A 32                                 SFLCLR                  

A                                 1 2SYSNAME                  

A                                      COLOR(WHT)              

A                                 1 65DATE(*YY) EDTCDE(Y)      

A                                     COLOR(WHT)              

A                                 2 30'System Value Display'  

A                                     COLOR(WHT)              

A                                 4 2'Name     '            

A                                     DSPATR(UL)              

A                                 4 15'Value               -  

A                                                         -  

A                                                         '  

A                                     DSPATR(UL)              

A         R SV_KEYS                                            

A                                 24 2'F3=Exit'              

A                                     COLOR(BLU)              

The program we will be using this month is shown below with the changes from last month shown in bold. Assuming that the source is stored in member LSTSYSVAL of source file QRPGLESRC, you can create the program using the command CRTBNDRPG PGM(LSTSYSVAL).

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                  

                                                                  

fLstSVDspf cf   e             workstn sfile(SV_Sfl :RRNS1)        

                                                                  

dRtvCmdD         pr                 extpgm('QCDRCMDD')          

d Cmd                           20a   const                      

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                      

d DestFormat                     8a   const                      

d RcvVar                     65535a                              

d RcvVarFormat                  8a   const                      

d ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)              

                                                                  

dConvertBuffer   pr                                              

                                                                

dmyHandler       pr           10i 0                            

d Controls                           likeds(HandlerInfo)        

d Event                         10i 0 value                    

d StringPtr                       *   value                    

d LenString                     20i 0 value                    

d ExceptionID                   10i 0 value                    

                                                                

dGetSysVals       pr                 extpgm('QWCRSVAL')      

d RcvVar                     65535a                            

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                    

d NbrSysVals                   10i 0 const                    

d SysVals                       10a   dim(MaxSysVals)            

d ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)            

                                                              

dCmdD_Job         s         65527a                            

dRRNS1           s             4s 0                          

                                                              

dMaxSysVals       c                   const(300)              

dSysVals         s             10a   dim(MaxSysVals)          

                                                                  

dCmdD_RcvVar     ds                 qualified                    

d Ctl                                 likeds(QCDD0100)            

d CmdD_UTF8                  65527a                                

                                                                  

dSysVal_RcvVar   ds         65535                                

d NbrSysValsRtn                 10i 0                            

                                                                  

dSysValOfsPtr     s               *                                

dSysValOfs       s             10i 0 based(SysValOfsPtr)          

                                                                    

dSVPtr           s               *                                

dSV               ds                 qualified                    

d                                     based(SVPtr)                

d Ctl                                likeds(QWCRSVT)              

d CData                     10000a                                

d BData                         10i 0 overlay(CData :1)            

                                                              

dControls        ds                 likeds(HandlerInfo)      

dHandlerInfo     ds                 qualified based(NoPtr)  

d TopSysVal                     10i 0                          

d ParmFnd                         n                            

d KwdFnd                         n                            

d SysValFnd                       n                            

d SpcValFnd                       n                            

d ValueFnd                       n                            

d ValFnd                         n                            

                                                              

/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                

/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qcdrcmdd                              

/copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qwcrsval                              

                                                              

/free                                                        

                                                              

// Get command definition as a XML document. The document is    

// encoded in UTF8 (CCSID 1208).                                

                                                                  

QUSBPrv = 0;                                                    

RtvCmdD('DSPSYSVAL QSYS' :%size(CmdD_RcvVar) :'DEST0100'        

         :CmdD_RcvVar :'CMDD0100' :QUSEC);                        

                                                                  

// CmdD_UTF8 now contains the XML document in CCSID 1208.        

// The system values can be found in <Parm Kwd="SYSVAL" under    

// <SpcVal>. The first special value, for instance, is          

// <Value Val="QABNORMSW" MapTo="QABNORMSW"/>. The end of the    

// special values is, naturally, delimited by </SpcVal>.        

                                                                  

// Convert command definition to job CCSID so you can "see"      

// the generated XML                                              

                                                                  

ConvertBuffer();                                                

                                                                  

// CmdD_Job now contains the XML document in the job CCSID.      

// Parse the XML document for SYSVAL special values              

                                                                  

xml-sax %handler(myHandler :Controls) %xml(CmdD_Job);            

                                                                    

if Controls.TopSysVal > 0;                                      

     // If any system values found then use QWCRSVAL to access    

     // their current values                                      

                                                                  

     GetSysVals(SysVal_RcvVar :%size(SysVal_RcvVar)                

               :Controls.TopSysVal :SysVals :QUSEC);              

                                                                  

     *in32 = *on;                                                  

     write SV_Ctl;                                                

     *in32 = *off;                                                

                                                                  

     SysValOfsPtr = %addr(SysVal_RcvVar) + %size(NbrSysValsRtn);    

     for RRNS1 = 1 to NbrSysValsRtn;                                

         SVPtr = %addr(SysVal_RcvVar) + SysValOfs;                    

         SysValName = SV.Ctl.QWCSV;                                  

         select;                                                    

           when SV.Ctl.QWCIS02 = 'L';                              

                 SVValue = '*LOCKED';                                

                                                                    

           when SysValName = 'QLOCALE';                            

                 SVValue = 'Not displayed';                          

                                                                      

           when SV.Ctl.QWCTD00 = 'C';                              

                 if SV.Ctl.QWCLD00 <= %size(SVValue);                

                   SVValue = %subst(SV.CData :1 :SV.Ctl.QWCLD00);  

                 else;                                              

                   SVValue = %subst(SV.CData :1 :%size(SVValue));  

                 endif;                                              

                                                        

           when SV.Ctl.QWCTD00 = 'B';                  

                 SVValue = %editc(SV.BData :'X');        

                                                        

           other;                                      

                 SVValue = '** PROBLEM **';              

         endsl;                                          

                                                        

         write SV_Sfl;                                  

        SysValOfsPtr += 4;                              

     endfor;                                            

endif;                                                

                                                        

*in31 = (RRNS1 > 0);                                    

write SV_Keys;                                        

dow (not *in03);                                      

     exfmt SV_Ctl;                                      

enddo;                                                          

                                                                  

*inlr = *on;                                                    

return;                                                        

                                                                  

/end-free                                                        

****************************************************************

pConvertBuffer   b                                              

dConvertBuffer    pi                                              

                                                                  

dIconvOpen       pr           52   extproc('QtqIconvOpen')    

d ToCode                       32   const                      

d FromCode                     32   const                      

                                                                  

dIconv           pr           10i 0 extproc('iconv')            

d iconv_t                       52   value                      

d InputPtr                       *                              

d BytesToCvt                   10u 0                                

d OutputPtr                       *                                  

d BytesAvlForCvt                10u 0                                

                                                                      

dIConvClose       pr           10i 0 extproc('iconv_close')          

d iconv_t                       52   value                          

                                                                      

dInputPtr         s               *   inz(%addr(CmdD_RcvVar.CmdD_UTF8))

dOutputPtr       s               *   inz(%addr(CmdD_Job))            

dBytAvl_CmdD     s             10u 0 inz(%size(CmdD_Job))            

dRtnVal           s             10i 0                                

                                                                      

dFromCode         ds                 qualified                      

d CCSID                         10i 0 inz(1208)                      

d ConvAlt                       10i 0 inz(0)                          

d SubstAlt                     10i 0 inz(0)                          

d SSAlt                         10i 0 inz(0)                          

d InpLenOpt                     10i 0 inz(0)              

d ErrOpt                       10i 0 inz(0)              

d                               8   inz(*ALLx'00')      

                                                          

dToCode           ds                 qualified            

d CCSID                         10i 0 inz(0)              

d ConvAlt                       10i 0 inz(0)              

d SubstAlt                     10i 0 inz(0)              

d SSAlt                         10i 0 inz(0)              

d InpLenOpt                     10i 0 inz(0)              

d ErrOpt                       10i 0 inz(0)              

d                               8   inz(*ALLx'00')      

                                                            

diconv_t         ds                                      

d                               10i 0 dim(13)              

                                                          

/free                                                      

                                                                  

iconv_t = IconvOpen(ToCode :FromCode);                          

RtnVal = Iconv(iconv_t :InputPtr :CmdD_RcvVar.Ctl.QCDBRtn01      

                        :OutputPtr :BytAvl_CmdD);                

RtnVal = IconvClose(iconv_t);                                    

                                                                  

/end-free                                                        

                                                                  

pConvertBuffer   e                                                

****************************************************************  

pmyHandler       b                                                

dmyHandler       pi           10i 0                              

d Controls                           likeds(HandlerInfo)          

d Event                         10i 0 value                        

d StringPtr                      *   value                        

d LenString                     20i 0 value                        

d ExceptionID                   10i 0 value                        

                                                              

dString           s         65535a   based(StringPtr)        

                                                              

/free                                                        

                                                              

select;                                                    

     when Event = *XML_START_DOCUMENT;                        

                                                              

         Controls.TopSysVal = 0;                            

         Controls.ParmFnd = *off;                            

         Controls.KwdFnd = *off;                            

         Controls.SpcValFnd = *off;                          

         Controls.ValueFnd = *off;                          

         Controls.ValFnd = *off;                            

                                                              

     when ((Event = *XML_START_ELEMENT) and                  

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString)) = 'Parm');          

                                                            

         Controls.ParmFnd = *on;                            

                                                            

     when ((Event = *XML_ATTR_NAME) and                      

          (Controls.ParmFnd) and                            

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString)) = 'Kwd');          

                                                            

         Controls.KwdFnd = *on;                            

                                                              

     when ((Event = *XML_ATTR_CHARS) and                    

           (Controls.KwdFnd));                              

                                                            

         if %subst(String :1 :LenString) = 'SYSVAL';        

             Controls.SysValFnd = *on;                      

         endif;                                            

         Controls.KwdFnd = *off;                            

                                                              

     when ((Event = *XML_START_ELEMENT) and                    

           (Controls.SysValFnd) and                            

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString)) = 'SpcVal');          

                                                                

         Controls.SpcValFnd = *on;                            

                                                                

     when ((Event = *XML_START_ELEMENT) and                    

          (Controls.SpcValFnd));                              

                                                                

         Controls.ValueFnd =                                  

                   (%subst(String :1 :LenString) = 'Value');    

                                                                

     when ((Event = *XML_ATTR_NAME) and                        

           (Controls.ValueFnd));                                

                                                                

         Controls.ValFnd =                                    

                   (%subst(String :1 :LenString) = 'Val');      

                                                                  

     when ((Event = *XML_ATTR_CHARS) and                          

           (Controls.ValFnd));                                    

                                                                  

         Controls.TopSysVal += 1;                                

         SysVals(Controls.TopSysVal) =                          

                 %subst(String :1 :LenString);                  

         Controls.ValFnd = *off;                                

                                                                  

     when ((Event = *XML_END_ELEMENT) and                        

           (Controls.SpcValFnd) and                              

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString) = 'Value'));            

                                                                  

         Controls.ValueFnd = *off;                              

                                                                  

     when ((Event = *XML_END_ELEMENT) and                        

           (Controls.SysValFnd) and                                

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString)) = 'SpcVal');    

                                                          

         Controls.SpcValFnd = *off;                      

                                                            

     when ((Event = *XML_END_ELEMENT) and                  

           (%subst(String :1 :LenString)) = 'Parm');      

                                                          

         Controls.SysValFnd = *off;                      

        Controls.ParmFnd = *off;                        

                                                          

     other;                                                

         // Ignore                                        

endsl;                                                  

                                                          

return 0;                                                

                                                          

/end-free                                                

                                                  

pmyHandler       e                              

Last month's version of LSTSYSVAL had the following code to support the "processing" of system values.

if Controls.TopSysVal > 0;                                        

     // If any system values found then use QWCRSVAL to access      

     // their current values (to be done next month)                

                                                                    

endif;                                                            

The changes for this month can be found primarily within this IF processing (with the other changes being related to data definitions, API prototypes, etc.).

The first change is the calling of the QWCRSVAL API, prototyped as GetSysVal. The QWCRSVAL API defines five parameters.

The first parameter, Receiver variable, is a variable-length output parameter where the API will return information related to the system values retrieved. The sample program uses the data structure SysVal_RcvVar, which is defined with a size of 65535 bytes, for the receiver variable. We'll look at the format of this receiver variable in more detail shortly.

The second parameter, Length of receiver variable, is a 4-byte integer input value defining the size of the Receiver variable. The sample program uses the value %size(SysVal_RcvVar).

The third parameter, Number of system values to retrieve, is a 4-byte integer input value defining the number of system values that are to be returned by the API. The sample program uses the variable Controls.TopSysVal. This variable was previously set by the xml-sax handler to the number of system value special values found in the XML generated by the QCDRCMDD API.

The fourth parameter, System value names, is a variable-length array of 10-byte character values. The character values represent the system value names that are to be retrieved. The number of system value names to process is provided by the third parameter, Number of system values to retrieve. The sample program uses the array SpcVals, which was previously loaded by the xml-sax handler.

The fifth parameter, Error code, is the standard API error code. The error code parameter was previously set to return API-encountered errors as exceptions.

Having called the QWCRSVAL API with the statement…

     GetSysVals(SysVal_RcvVar :%size(SysVal_RcvVar)                

               :Controls.TopSysVal :SysVals :QUSEC);              

…the receiver variable SysVal_RcvVar now contains the data associated with the returned system values and is ready for further processing. This processing, in the case of managing the system value configurations of remote systems, might be the sending of the receiver variable "as is" to a central site or, in the case of the sample program, locally processing the system values and presenting an interactive display of the current system values.

The receiver variable returned by the QWCRSVAL API is formatted as…

  • a 4-byte integer representing the number of system values returned
  • a variable-length array of 4-byte integer values providing base-0 offsets to the system value information. Each offset directs the program to the information associated with one returned system value (where the information provides what system value is being defined). The dimension of the array is provided by the previous number of system values returned.
  • the system value information associated with each system value returned. This information might be located anywhere within the receiver variable and must be accessed using the previously referenced array of offset values.

Each occurrence of system value information accessed by offset is formatted as…

  • a 10-byte character field containing the name of the system value being returned (QABNORMSW, QACGLVL, etc.)
  • a 1-byte character field describing the type of data being returned for the named system value. A value of 'B' indicates that the data is returned as a binary/integer value, a value of 'C' that the data is returned in character form, and a value of ' ' (blank) that the data associated with the system value is not available.
  • a 1-byte character field providing status information associated with the system value. A value of 'L' indicates that the data was not available due to the system value being locked, a value of ' ' (blank) that the data is available.
  • a 4-byte integer value providing the length of the value returned for the system value
  • a variable-length field where the value of the system value can be found

As mentioned earlier, the LSTSYSVAL sample program uses the data structure SysVal_RcvVar as the receiver variable. The data structure is defined with a length of 65535 bytes and one subfield: NbrSysValsRtn. The field NbrSysValsRtn is where we can determine the number of system values returned by the API.

SysVal_RcvVar could also have defined an array (with dim(MaxSysVals)) but doesn't. I chose instead to use the based variable SysValOfs and the basing pointer SysValOfsPtr to access the returned offset values. Either of these approaches, and several others, will work. Using an array definition may, however, cause someone taking a quick look at the program to think that an array of 300 elements is really being returned. In reality, the number of elements in the array is determined by NbrSysValsRtn.

The sample program also uses the based data structure SV (and associated basing pointer SVPtr) to access the system value information associated with each returned system value. The program could, as an alternative, use a substring approach to access the system value information, but I just hate coding a bunch of substring operations.

In terms of processing, the returned system value information LSTSYSVAL, after clearing the subfile and setting the pointer variable SysValsOfsPtr, enters a FOR loop conditioned by the number of system values returned by the API. Within the FOR loop, each system value information entry is accessed by setting the pointer SVPtr to the starting address of the receiver variable and adding the appropriate offset. After extracting the system value name (SV.Ctl.QWCSV), a select group is entered in order to process the value of the system value.

The only system-value-related special handling within this select group is for the system value QLOCALE. While this system value is returned as having a data type of 'C' (character), it is actually a data structure consisting of both binary and character data. Next month, as part of discussing the CCSID conversion APIs QtqIconvOpen, iconv, and iconv_close (a discussion that was deferred in last month's article), we'll look at how to display this particular system value. Attempting to display the value of QLOCALE, as it is returned from the QWCRSVAL API, in our subfile would most likely result in a 5250 data stream error. Rather than attempting to show the current value of QLOCALE, and receiving a 5250 data stream error, LSTSYSVAL simply displays the text "Not displayed."

After loading the subfile, LSTSYSVAL then displays the subfile entries until command Attention key 3 is pressed. At that point, the program ends.

As usual, if you have any API questions, send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'll see what I can do about answering your burning questions in future columns.

Bruce Vining

Bruce Vining is president and co-founder of Bruce Vining Services, LLC, a firm providing contract programming and consulting services to the System i community. He began his career in 1979 as an IBM Systems Engineer in St. Louis, Missouri, and then transferred to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1985, where he continues to reside. From 1992 until leaving IBM in 2007, Bruce was a member of the System Design Control Group responsible for OS/400 and i5/OS areas such as System APIs, Globalization, and Software Serviceability. He is also the designer of Control Language for Files (CLF).A frequent speaker and writer, Bruce can be reached at bvining@brucevining.com. 


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  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications. Learn how Agile Modernization:
    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

     

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    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.