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Learn what the Change Library List API can do for you.

 

I recently received a note from Shawn W. related to a situation in which he needs to significantly change a job's library list, perform a function, and then restore the job's library list to the original values. In his case, a corporation on one System i (IBM i, iSeries) might have multiple instances of an entity (multiple plants, multiple companies, etc.) with each entity having multiple libraries associated with it (inventory libraries, financial libraries, etc.). When corporate user X, who might work primarily with entity Y, wants to perform a quick query of entity Z, the need is to save the current library list (presumably, but not guaranteed, oriented to work with entity Y), manipulate the library list to set an environment oriented to entity Z while maintaining other (corporate or facility related) libraries currently in the library list, call a reporting function to report on Z, and on return from the reporting function restore the job environment to the original entity (Y). There are many ways to address these requirements but, as this is The API Corner, we'll approach this task today with the use of several system APIs.

Following is the program we'll be using today. Assuming that you have stored the below source in member SETLIBS of source file QRPGLESRC, you can create the program using the command CRTBNDRPG PGM(SETLIBS).

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                     

                                                                      

dSetLibs          pr                                                 

d Lib1_In                       10a   const                          

d Lib2_In                       10a   const                          

                                                                      

dSetLibs          pi                                                  

d Lib1_In                       10a   const                          

d Lib2_In                       10a   const                          

                                                                      

d AddLib          pr                                                  

d  Lib                          10a   const                          

                                                                      

d ChgLibl         pr                  extpgm('QLICHGLL')             

d  CurLib                       11a   const                          

d  ProdLib1                     11a   const                          

d  ProdLib2                     11a   const                          

d  UsrLibl                   10000a   options(*varsize)              

d  NbrUsrLibl                   10i 0 const                          

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)                   

                                                                       

d RmvLib          pr                                                  

d  Lib                          10a   const                           

                                                                       

d RtvJobI         pr                  extpgm('QUSRJOBI')              

d  RcvVar                        1a   options(*varsize)               

d  LenRcvVar                    10i 0 const                           

d  Format                        8a   const                           

d  QualJobName                  26a   const                           

d  IntJobID                     16a   const                           

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass)  

d  ResetPfrDta                   1a   const options(*nopass)          

                                                                       

d RunCmd          pr                  extpgm('QCAPCMD')               

d  SrcCmdStr                  4096a   const options(*varsize)         

d  LenSrcStr                    10i 0 const                           

d  OptCtlBlk                  4096a   const options(*varsize)         

d  LenCtlBlk                    10i 0 const                           

d  Format                        8a   const                           

d  ChgCmdStr                     1a   options(*varsize)             

d  LenChgStr                    10i 0 const                         

d  LenRtnChgStr                 10i 0                                

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)                 

                                                                     

d SndPgmMsg       pr                  extpgm('QMHSNDPM')            

d  MsgID                         7a   const                         

d  QualMsgF                     20a   const                         

d  MsgDta                      256a   const options(*varsize)       

d  LenMsgDta                    10i 0 const                         

d  MsgType                      10a   const                         

d  CSE                          10a   const                         

d  CSECtr                       10i 0 const                         

d  MsgKey                        4a                                 

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)                 

d  LenCSE                       10i 0 const options(*nopass)        

d  CSEQual                      20a   const options(*nopass)        

d  DspMsgWait                   10i 0 const options(*nopass)        

d  CSEType                      10a   const options(*nopass)        

d  CCSID                        10i 0 const options(*nopass)        

                                                                  

d LibInfo         ds                  qualified                  

d  Hdr                                likeds(QUSI0700)           

d  Libs                      10000a                              

                                                                  

d ErrCde          ds                  qualified                  

d  Hdr                                likeds(QUSEC)              

d  MsgDta                      256a                               

                                                                  

d AnotherLib      s             10a                              

d ChgCmdStr       s              1a                              

d CurLib          s             10a                               

d LenChgStr       s             10i 0                            

d LiblEnt         s             11a   based(LiblEntPtr)          

d LiblEntPtr      s               *                              

d Msg             s            512a                               

d MsgKey          s              4a                              

d NA              s             10a                              

d SrcCmdStr       s           4096a   varying                    

d X               s             10i 0                            

                                                                 

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qcapcmd                                

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                  

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusrjobi                               

                                                                 

 /free                                                          

                                                                 

  // Set API QUSEC parameter to send exceptions                 

  QUSBPrv = 0;                                                  

                                                                 

  // Set API ErrCde parameter to not send exceptions            

  ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBPrv = %size(ErrCde);                           

                                                                 

  // Set QCAPCMD Options Control Block for running CL commands  

                                                                 

  QCAP0100 = *Allx'00';                                         

  QCACmdPT = 0;                                                 

  QCABCSDH = '0';                                               

  QCAPA = '0';                                                   

  QCACmdSS = '0';                                               

  QCAMK = *blanks;                                                  

  QCASIDCS = 0;                                                     

                                                                     

  // Get the current library list                                   

                                                                     

  RtvJobI(LibInfo :%size(LibInfo) :'JOBI0700' :'*' :' ' :QUSEC);    

                                                                     

  CurLib = %subst(LibInfo.Libs                                      

                  :(((LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS + LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL) *     

                     11) + 1)                                        

                  :10);                                             

                                                                     

  // Set current library to Lib1_In                                 

                                                                     

  ChgLibl(Lib1_In :'*SAME' :'*SAME' :NA :-1 :ErrCde);               

                                                                     

  if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                                        

     Msg = 'Unable to assign curlib of ' + Lib1_In;                 

     SndPgmMsg('CPF9897' :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'                         

               :Msg :%len(%trimr(Msg))                              

               :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);        

  endif;                                                        

                                                                 

  RmvLib(Lib2_In);                                              

  AddLib(Lib2_In);                                              

                                                                 

  AnotherLib = 'QGPL';                                          

  RmvLib(AnotherLib);                                           

  AddLib(AnotherLib);                                           

                                                                 

  // Restore the user portion of the *LIBL to original values   

                                                                 

  LiblEntPtr = %addr(LibInfo.Libs) +                            

               ((LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS + LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL +       

                 LibInfo.Hdr.QUSCL01) * %size(LiblEnt));        

                                                                 

  ChgLibl(CurLib :'*SAME' :'*SAME'                              

          :LiblEnt :LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIU :ErrCde);                

                                                                 

  if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                                   

     Msg = 'Unable to restore previous library list';                 

     SndPgmMsg('CPF9897' :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'                           

               :Msg :%len(%trimr(Msg))                                 

               :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);              

  endif;                                                              

                                                                       

  *inlr = *on;                                                        

  return;                                                             

                                                                       

 /end-free                                                             

                                                                       

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

                                                                      

p RmvLib          b                                                    

d RmvLib          pi                                                  

d  Lib_In                       10a   const                           

                                                                       

 /free                                                                

                                                                       

  for X = 1 to LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIU;                                    

      // Check if Lib_In in library list and, if so, remove it     

                                                                    

      if X = 1;                                                    

         LiblEntPtr = %addr(LibInfo.Libs) +                        

                      ((LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS + LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL +   

                        LibInfo.Hdr.QUSCL01) * %size(LiblEnt));    

      else;                                                        

         LiblEntPtr += %size(LiblEnt);                              

      endif;                                                       

                                                                    

      if LiblEnt = Lib_In;                                         

         leave;                                                    

      endif;                                                       

  endfor;                                                          

                                                                    

  if X <= LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIU;                                      

     // Lib_In currently in *LIBL, need to remove                  

                                                                    

     SrcCmdStr = 'RmvLibLE Lib(' +                                 

                 %trimr(Lib_In) + ')';                             

                                                                       

     RunCmd(SrcCmdStr :%len(SrcCmdStr)                                

            :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100) :'CPOP0100'                    

            :ChgCmdStr :0 :LenChgStr :ErrCde);                        

                                                                       

     if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                                       

        Msg = 'Unable to remove library list entry ' + Lib_In;        

        SndPgmMsg('CPF9897' :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'                        

                  :Msg :%len(%trimr(Msg))                             

                  :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);           

     endif;                                                           

  endif;                                                              

                                                                       

 /end-free                                                            

                                                                       

p RmvLib          e                                                   

                                                                       

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

                                                                      

p AddLib          b                                                   

d AddLib          pi                                     

d  Lib_In                       10a   const              

                                                          

 /free                                                    

                                                          

  SrcCmdStr = 'AddLibLE Lib(' +                          

              %trimr(Lib_In) + ') Position(*First)';     

                                                          

  RunCmd(SrcCmdStr :%len(SrcCmdStr)                      

         :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100) :'CPOP0100'          

         :ChgCmdStr :0 :LenChgStr :ErrCde);              

                                                          

  if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                            

     Msg = 'Unable to add library list entry ' + Lib_In; 

     SndPgmMsg('CPF9897' :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'              

               :Msg :%len(%trimr(Msg))                   

               :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC); 

  endif;                                                 

                                                          

 /end-free                                               

                                                     

p AddLib          e                              

The SETLIBS program is passed two parameters. The first parameter, Lib1_In, is the library that should be used as the job's current library when running the report. The second parameter, Lib2_In, is a library that should be near the top of the job's library list when running the report. As we will see shortly, SETLIBS may also insert additional libraries, prior to Lib2_In, into the current job's library list.

After initializing various API-related variables (an API error code structure QUSEC to have API-detected errors returned as exceptions, an API error code structure ErrCde to have API-detected errors returned in the error code structure, and the control block structure CPOP0100 of the Process Commands (QCAPCMD) API to run CL commands) to enable the environment we want SETLIBS to run in, we start our actual processing.

The first thing we need to do is save the current library list. To accomplish this, we'll use an API that many of you have most likely used in the past: Retrieve Job Information (QUSRJOBI). In previous articles, such as "Easily Identify What Message a Job Is Waiting On," we saw how format JOBI0200 of QUSRJOBI returns information such as if a job is waiting on a reply to a specific message and, if so, what message and where the message can be found. Today, we'll look at format JOBI0700, which returns library list information for an active job. Note that while QUSRJOBI does support other library-related formats, such as JOBI0750, all of the information we'll need today is in JOBI0700, the simpler (and faster) of the library list formats.

The JOBI0700 format returns the following structure.

Offset

Type

Field

Dec

Hex

0

0

BINARY(4)

Number of bytes returned

4

4

BINARY(4)

Number of bytes available

8

8

CHAR(10)

Job name

18

12

CHAR(10)

User name

28

1C

CHAR(6)

Job number

34

22

CHAR(16)

Internal job identifier

50

32

CHAR(10)

Job status

60

3C

CHAR(1)

Job type

61

3D

CHAR(1)

Job subtype

62

3E

CHAR(2)

Reserved

64

40

BINARY(4)

Number of libraries in SYSLIBL

68

44

BINARY(4)

Number of product libraries

72

48

BINARY(4)

Current library existence

76

4C

BINARY(4)

Number of libraries in USRLIBL

See note

See note

Array(*) of CHAR(11)

System library list

See note

See note

Array(*) of CHAR(11)

Product libraries

See note

See note

Array(*) of CHAR(11)

Current library

See note

See note

Array(*) of CHAR(11)

User library list

Note: The decimal and hexadecimal offsets depend on the number of libraries you have in the various parts of your library lists. The data is left-justified with a blank pad at the end. The array is   sequential. It is an array or data structure. See the Control language topic collection for the total number of libraries that can be returned to you.

As you can see, the API returns all of the libraries in the system library list of the job, the product libraries of the job, the current library of the job, and the libraries in the user library list of the job. The libraries are returned as Char(11) array elements with the first array element immediately following the Binary(4) Number of libraries in USRLIBL field. Having the libraries returned as Char(11) fields rather than Char(10) is a bit unusual but, as you'll see soon, is also quite convenient when later working with the Change Library List API.

When calling the QUSRJOBI API, SETLIBS uses the LibInfo data structure as the receiver variable. The LibInfo data structure is defined as being LIKEDS the QSYSINC-provided data structure QUSI0700, which defines the fixed-location fields shown above. Following the LIKEDS definition is the field Libs, which is defined as Char(10000), an arbitrary size that is sufficiently large to hold all library names that might be found in the jobs system library list, product library list, current library, and user library list.

To demonstrate how the returned library information might be accessed, SETLIBS next locates and saves the job's current library to the field CurLib. The job's current library is located, relative to the starting location of the returned library list (LibInfo.Libs), by summing the number of libraries in the system portion of the library list (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS) and the number of product libraries (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL) and then multiplying this value by the size of each library name returned (11). The resulting displacement into LibInfo.Libs is then used in a %SUBST operation to access the first 10 bytes, which represents the current library value.

A couple of points related to this access to the current library: First, SETLIBS doesn't really need to assign the field CurLib to the value of the job's current library. The use of CurLib is done solely to demonstrate how to navigate the returned list of libraries. Second, CurLib is defined as a Char(10) field within SETLIBS even though both the Retrieve Job Information and the Change Library List APIs use a Char(11) definition. This is done as most applications do work with library names using a Char(10) definition rather than Char(11). When later using CurLib to restore the current library of the job (after our application processing is done), this difference in definition is taken care of due to the prototype of Change Library List defining the current library parameter as a Char(11) constant.

Having saved the current library to CurLib, SETLIBS now changes the current library by calling the Change Library List (QLICHGLL) API. Prototyped as ChgLibl, the QLICHGLL API defines six parameters:

  1. The new library to be used as the job's current library, defined as a Char(11) input
  2. The new library to be used as the job's first product library, defined as a Char(11) input
  3. The new library to be used as the job's second product library, defined as a Char(11) input
  4. An array of library names to be used in setting the job's user library list, with each array element defined as a Char(11) and the parameter used as input
  5. The number of library names being passed in the fourth parameter, defined as a Binary(4) input
  6. The standard API error code structure

Several of the QLICHGLL parameters support special values, one special value in particular corresponding to "do not change." In the initial call to the Change Library List API, as all we want to change is the current library, the following call indicates that no change should be made to the product libraries or the user library list of the job. The only change is that the current library should be set to the value of variable Lib1_In (which, as a reminder, is an input parameter to the SETLIBS program).

  ChgLibl(Lib1_In :'*SAME' :'*SAME' :NA :-1 :ErrCde);               

                                                                     

After verifying that no error was encountered when changing the current library, SETLIBS then makes sure that the second parameter passed to the program, Lib2_In, will be a library near the top of the job's library list when running the report. It accomplishes this by first calling the procedure RmvLib to make sure that Lib2_In isn't currently in the user library list, and then procedure AddLib to add Lib2_In to the top of the current user library list.

The RmvLib procedure could be implemented using a variety of approaches. One that I've run across often is calling a CL program that unconditionally attempts to remove the library using the RMVLIBLE command and then monitoring for the library not being in the user library list with MONMSG. An API-oriented variant of this would be using the QCAPCMD API to run the RMVLIBLE command with an Error Code parameter having a non-0 Bytes provided value (mimicking the CL MONMSG command). In the case of SETLIBS, we have the opportunity to do this processing much more efficiently.

In LibInfo.Libs, SETLIBS already has the full list of library in the job's user library list, so, rather than attempting a RMVLIBLE and then monitoring for a failure, RmvLib enters a FOR group that looks to see if the library to be removed, Lib_In, is indeed in the user library list. Only if Lib_In is found in the current library list does the program run the RMVLIBLE command.

The FOR group processing starts with the first library in the user library list and is constrained by the number of libraries in the user library list (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIU). To access the first library in the list (that is, when X is set to 1, indicating the initial iteration of the FOR group), RmvLib sets the pointer LiblEntPtr to the address of the first library. This address is determined in a manner quite similar to how the current library was earlier found. RmvLib takes the address of LibInfo.Libs; sums the number of libraries in the system portion of the library list (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS), the number of product libraries (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL), and the number of current libraries (either 0 or 1); and then multiplies this value by the size of each library name returned (11). The resulting pointer is then used with a based variable (LiblEnt) to access the first library. To access subsequent libraries in the user library list (that is, when X > 1) RmvLib simply adds the size of one library entry (11) to the pointer LiblEntPtr in order to access the next library list entry.

Within the FOR group, if LiblEnt is equal to Lib_In, then Lib_In is in the current library list and the FOR group is exited. Upon exit from the FOR group, if X is less than or equal to the number of entries in the library list, then QCAPCMD is used to remove Lib_In from the job's library list; otherwise, RmvLib simply returns.

Having ensured that the library to be added to the top of the current library list does not currently exist in the job's library list, SETLIBS then runs the AddLib procedure. AddLib simply adds the library to the top of the library list using the ADDLIBLE CL command and the QCAPCMD API.

Following this, SETLIBS arbitrarily adds library QGPL to the user library list. This is where Shawn W.'s production application might determine, using whatever logic is appropriate for the environment, whether any additional libraries might be needed. Each of these additional libraries can be added by simply using the RmvLib and AddLib procedures for each library.

Having added all necessary libraries, SETLIBS would now call the reporting tool that is dependent on the library list environment we have created.

After the reporting tool has returned, SETLIBS needs to restore the original library environment prior to returning control to the user. This is accomplished quite easily with the two following operations:

  LiblEntPtr = %addr(LibInfo.Libs) +                            

               ((LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIS + LibInfo.Hdr.QUSPL +       

                 LibInfo.Hdr.QUSCL01) * %size(LiblEnt));        

                                                                 

  ChgLibl(CurLib :'*SAME' :'*SAME'                              

          :LiblEnt :LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLIU :ErrCde);                

LiblEntPtr is set to address the first library in the original user library list, and the QLICHGLL API is called. The parameters passed to the API are the name of the original current library, the specification that no change is needed to the product libraries (as SETLIBS didn't change them), and the specification that the user library list should be set to the original library list starting with LiblEnt (which is based on LiblEntPtr) for the number of libraries in the original library list (LibInfo.Hdr.QUSLU).

We now have a rather efficient method for manipulating, and later restoring, a job's library list. If, for instance, corporate user X, while working with entity Y, needs to perform a quick query of entity Z, this can be accomplished with CALL PGM(SETLIBS) PARM('ZLIB1' 'ZLIBX'), where ZLIB1 and ZLIBX represent two of the libraries necessary for reporting on entity Z. SETLIBS itself may determine that, like how we added QGPL, libraries ZLIBOTHER, ZLIBINVEN, and ZLIBAP are also needed. The application could then use the RmvLib/AddLib procedures to do this.

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.

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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    Our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

     

  • 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.