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This is the second article in a multipart series on the ILE RPG language planned for release later this year. In each article, we will cover specific changes to RPG coding and some of the broader design issues resulting from the new features and underlying ILE facilities.

IN THIS ARTICLE... The new Definition Specifications.

COMING NEXT MONTH... I-specs, C-specs and O-specs.

Brief: In the second installment of our indepth coverage of ILE RPG, we'll look at the new Definition Specifications (D-specs). D-specs consolidate definitions for arrays, data structures, named constants, data areas and work fields that are not part of any file. They replace E-specs and take over some functions from RPG/400, I-specs and C-specs. In addition, D-specs provide new ways to define some data constructs.

Last month, we introduced the new ILE (Integrated Language Environment) RPG which should be announced as part of V3R1M0. We saw that a lot of changes are in store for the RPG programmer. Field, file and other symbolic names can now be up to 10 characters long. Upper- and lowercase field names are now supported. Many limits have been increased and others virtually eliminated.

Control Specifications (H-specs) have been transformed from fixed format to keyword notation. Line Counter Specifications (L-specs) have been eliminated and their function moved to File Description Specifications (F-specs). And the F-specs themselves have undergone major changes, not just to accommodate longer file names and larger record and key lengths, but also due to the use of keyword notation for file continuation keywords and other file attributes.

We're about to see even more radical changes. Extension Specifications (E- specs) have been eliminated entirely. Array and table definitions have been moved to the new Definition Specifications (D-specs). Named constant and data structure definitions have been moved from Input Specifications (I-specs) to the D-specs. Definitions for LIKE fields and data areas are also supported in D-specs. 1 illustrates the overall design of a D-spec and where each entry is coded.

We're about to see even more radical changes. Extension Specifications (E- specs) have been eliminated entirely. Array and table definitions have been moved to the new Definition Specifications (D-specs). Named constant and data structure definitions have been moved from Input Specifications (I-specs) to the D-specs. Definitions for LIKE fields and data areas are also supported in D-specs. Figure 1 illustrates the overall design of a D-spec and where each entry is coded.

Let's take a look at D-specs and see how they can improve your productivity.

Definition Specifications (D-specs)

The D-specs are designed to consolidate all data definitions in one section of your program. Although you can still define fields in C-specs, your code will be easier to maintain if you define all your work fields and literals in D- specs.

You may hear some people refer to D-specs as Data Specifications. While D-specs do define data, the proper terminology is Definition Specific-ation so that's what we'll try to remember to use.

In the following sections, we'll begin by looking at simple data constructs such as named constants and work fields. Then, we'll look at more complex examples such as data structures and arrays. Both an RPG/400 and an ILE RPG solution are shown whenever possible. However, the explanation of each example concentrates on the ILE RPG implementation.

Named Constants

In RPG/400, named constants can appear anywhere in I-specs, even within a data structure definition. This is not true in ILE RPG. Named constants cannot appear within a data structure definition. If the RPG/400-to-ILE RPG source- conversion utility finds named constants embedded in a data structure, it moves the named constants outside of the data structure as part of the source- conversion process.

2 shows the definition of several named constants: the character constants CMPNY and LWR, the numeric constant TWENTY, and the hexadecimal constant DUP. Only a few entries are required:

Figure 2 shows the definition of several named constants: the character constants CMPNY and LWR, the numeric constant TWENTY, and the hexadecimal constant DUP. Only a few entries are required:

o The C in position 24 defines a named constant.

o The value you enter for the CONST keyword defines the value of the constant. Although a value is required for the constant, you do not have to preface the value with the CONST keyword.

The first constant, CMPNY, uses the CONST keyword to define a character string. The second example includes several variations:

o The CONST keyword is omitted and the character constant is defined by enclosing the literal value in single quotes.

o The trailing hyphen indicates that the value continues on the next line, starting with the first character of the functions section (position 44).

The final two examples show the definition of noncharacter constants. The numeric constant TWENTY is defined by specifying a numeric value not enclosed in single quotes. Hexadecimal constants can be defined by specifying an X followed by a valid hexadecimal value enclosed in single quotes. In the example, DUP is defined as a hexadecimal constant with a value of X'1C' to represent the character returned when the DUP key is pressed. The actual CONST keyword is optional for all constants, regardless of their data type.

Stand-alone Fields

Traditionally, RPG programmers have defined work fields in C-specs. Although this is still possible using ILE RPG, you can define stand-alone fields that are not part of any file or data structure in D-specs.

We'll look at several examples in 3. One special entry is required for stand-alone fields:

We'll look at several examples in Figure 3. One special entry is required for stand-alone fields:

o An S in column 24 of the D-spec defines a stand-alone field.

The first example is a seven-digit, work field (PACK72). It is stored in packed-decimal format and has two decimal places. In RPG/400 you are forced to make this field part of a data structure even though it does not logically need to be associated with any other field.

o The length of the field is coded in positions 33 to 39 rather than using starting and ending positions.

The positions within the D-specs are different than those for I-Specs but contain the same type of entries.

Our second example defines LRGROS based on the field PRGROS. LRGROS is defined as two characters larger than PRGROS. ILE RPG permits you to use either the LIKE keyword in D-specs or the *LIKE DEFINE operation in C-specs to define a field based on the characteristics of another field.

The final example of a stand-alone field illustrated in 3 defines XXNAME with the same characteristics as the field PRNAME. One new keyword is added for this example:

The final example of a stand-alone field illustrated in Figure 3 defines XXNAME with the same characteristics as the field PRNAME. One new keyword is added for this example:

o The INZ keyword specifies the value to which a field is initialized. Initializing fields using this method is more efficient than initializing them in the C-specs. When the INZ keyword is not specified, the default value is blank for character fields and zero for nu-meric fields.

Data Structures

Complex data organizations are one of the primary reasons for adding D-specs to the RPG language definition. The first of these more complex forms that we'll examine is the data structure.

4 illustrates two ways to code a data structure in ILE RPG. In the first example, the ILE RPG code is very similar to the RPG/400 code. It uses absolute notation to designate the starting and ending positions of each subfield. The differences between the RPG/400 example and this ILE RPG example are based on general rules for formating ILE RPG.

Figure 4 illustrates two ways to code a data structure in ILE RPG. In the first example, the ILE RPG code is very similar to the RPG/400 code. It uses absolute notation to designate the starting and ending positions of each subfield. The differences between the RPG/400 example and this ILE RPG example are based on general rules for formating ILE RPG.

o The subfields may be indented to make the data structure easier to understand.

o You can use lowercase or uppercase field names at your discretion. As we mentioned last month, lowercase field names will be automatically translated to uppercase by the compiler.

The second ILE RPG sample takes advantage of a several new features.

o Length notation is used instead of specifying the starting and ending positions for each field. The length of each subfield is specified in positions 33 to 39. The rest of the syntax is identical to absolute notation (e.g., coding a 'P' for packed data, specifying decimal positions, and so forth).

o The OVERLAY keyword further subdivides a subfield within a data structure. The first parameter indicates the name of the subfield whose storage is to be overlaid. This subfield must have been previously defined in the same data structure. The second parameter specifies the starting position within the field. The starting position is optional and defaults to 1.

As shown in this example, OVERLAY(GLNUM) is specified for the field glcmpy. Since glcmpy has a length of 2 and the starting position defaults to 1, the field glcmpy is defined as the first two positions of the field glnum. For the field glmain, we specified OVERLAY(GLNUM:3). Since glmain has a length of 4 and the starting position is 3, the field glmain is defined as positions 3 to 6 of the field glnum. Finally, the field glsub is defined as positions 7 to 11 of the field glmain.

When using the OVERLAY keyword, the subfield being defined may not extend beyond the end of the field being overlaid. In our sample, specifying OVERLAY(GLNUM:8) for the field glsub would cause an error. Because glsub is a five-character field, starting in position 8 would extend this field to position 12. Since glnum is only 11 characters in length, an error would occur.

If length notation is used, any changes to starting position within the field glnum will not affect subsequent fields that aren't part of glnum. Overlaid fields, however, will be affected. For example, if you increase the length of glnum to 13 and of glmain to 6, you should change the starting position of glsub so that glmain and glsub do not overlap. But no changes are required for the fields glclas and glcat.

Length notation can make future modifications easier than using absolute notation. When the length of a field changes, the subsequent fields do not have to be modified. In this example, the field gldesc could be expanded to 40 positions without making any changes to the definition of glnum or its subfields. Nice job, IBM!

5 illustrates an externally defined data structure. The ILE RPG portion of this example uses several keywords that were shown in previous examples or in last month's article on H-specs and F-specs. One new keyword is introduced.

Figure 5 illustrates an externally defined data structure. The ILE RPG portion of this example uses several keywords that were shown in previous examples or in last month's article on H-specs and F-specs. One new keyword is introduced.

o The E in column 22 specifies that this is an externally defined data structure.

o The EXTNAME keyword indicates that the data structure is defined based o the definition of the first (or only) record format of the file OELPMNM. To explicitly define the record to be used, you might code EXTNAME (OELPMNM:OELPMNM9), indicating the record format OELPMNM9 should be used even if it is not the first record format in the file.

o The PREFIX keyword implicitly renames the fields in the data structure. This global rename function is similar to what we covered in F-specs last month. PMFNUM is renamed P2_PMFNUM, PMTNUM is renamed P2_PMTNUM, PMFZIP is renamed P2_PMFZIP, and PMTZIP is renamed P2_PMTZIP.

o The INZ keyword was specified for the data structure DSSEL to initialize numeric subfields to zero and character subfields to blank. The INZ keyword on the subfield lines for P2_PMTNUM and P2_PMTZIP overrides the default initialization for the data structure DSSEL.

Finally, we have explicitly renamed the field PMFLAG to XXPMFLAG. The PREFIX keyword does not affect an explicitly renamed field; so there will be a field named XXPMFLAG in the program, but there will not be fields named P2_PMFLAG or PMFLAG unless they are defined elsewhere.

The example in 6 associates a data structure with an external data area. It uses one new keyword.

The example in Figure 6 associates a data structure with an external data area. It uses one new keyword.

o The U in position 23 indicates the data structure is a data area.

o The DTAARA keyword can be used to specify the name of a data area. Special parameter values for this keyword are *LDA for the local data area and *PDA for the PIP (program initialization parameters) data area.

ILE RPG permits you to use either the DTAARA keyword in D-specs or the *DTAARA DEFINE operation in C-specs to associate external data areas with internal program structures.

Tables and Arrays

In this section, we'll look at several examples of arrays and tables and the new capabilities that ILE RPG provides for them.

The essential definition of arrays has not changed. ILE RPG supports the three types of arrays (compile-time, prerun-time and run-time) currently available with RPG/400, and the same basic rules apply. However, ILE RPG uses keywords to define the number of elements, from and to files, and the type of array. As in RPG/400, an array becomes a table if its name begins with the letters TAB. We'll refer to tables and arrays generically as arrays unless an example specifically uses a table.

7 shows a run-time array coded in RPG/400 using an E-spec, and coded in ILE RPG using a D-spec. This example illustrates the new structure of array definitions.

Figure 7 shows a run-time array coded in RPG/400 using an E-spec, and coded in ILE RPG using a D-spec. This example illustrates the new structure of array definitions.

o The S in position 24 of the D-spec has the same meaning as it has for stand-alone fields. It indicates that the array is not part of a data structure.

o The length for each element is coded in positions 33 to 39.

o The DIM keyword defines the dimension (the number of elements) of the array.

8 shows a compile-time array. Several new keywords are required to define how the compile-time array data is included in the source code.

Figure 8 shows a compile-time array. Several new keywords are required to define how the compile-time array data is included in the source code.

o The CTDATA keyword indicates the array will be loaded from compile-time data included at the end of the source member.

o The PERRCD keyword is used for compile-time and prerun-time arrays to specify the number of elements loaded from each record. The default is PERRCD(1) when CTDATA is specified, so this parameter does not have to be coded. It is included here to make the code easier to understand.

o Finally, the ASCEND keyword signifies that the array is in ascending sequence. Use of the DESCEND keyword would designate descending sequence.

9 introduces several additional concepts. This example loads two tables (everything in this example is valid for arrays as well as tables) from a file at prerun-time. The data is loaded the first time the program is called. There are three new keywords:

Figure 9 introduces several additional concepts. This example loads two tables (everything in this example is valid for arrays as well as tables) from a file at prerun-time. The data is loaded the first time the program is called. There are three new keywords:

o The ALT keyword is specified to associate the alternating table TABTOT with the primary table TABDPT.

o FROMFILE(OLDDEPT) causes the tables TABDPT and TABTOT to be loaded from the file OLDDEPT when the program is called for the first time.

o The EXTFMT keyword can be used to specify the external data format for compile-time and prerun-time arrays. In this example, EXTFMT(P) specified for the table TABTOT indicates that data elements of this table are stored in packed, decimal format in the file OLDDEPT. Other formats, including the new date and timestamp formats, are also valid.

In this example, the PERRCD(1) keyword must be coded. PERRCD(1) specifies that one element of each table is loaded from each record of the file OLDDEPT.

The keywords for the table TABDPT continue on a second line. If positions 7 to 43 of a D-spec are blank, the compiler assumes the line is a continuation of the previous line. In fact, a keyword can be coded on one line and its parameter coded on the next line, as in the case of the keyword FROMFILE and its parameter OLDDEPT. However, you should not code in this manner since it can be confusing; the code is included here for illustration purposes only. ILE RPG also permits spaces between the keyword and its parameter, as shown with the PERRCD keyword.

10 shows the run-time array SRT. Because this is a run-time array, the PERRCD keyword is not used. There is one new keyword in this example:

Figure 10 shows the run-time array SRT. Because this is a run-time array, the PERRCD keyword is not used. There is one new keyword in this example:

o The INZ keyword permits different initialization values to be specified for the array. In the ILE RPG example, we have specified a default value of *HIVAL at compile time, instead of using a MOVE in C-specs at run time as you see in the RPG/400 sample.

The INZ keyword causes the array to be initialized with the specified value the first time the program is called. If the program returns without setting on LR and is called again, the INZ keyword has no effect the second time the program is called so the array still has the same value it had when the program last returned. By default, the initialization values are based on the data type- blanks for character data and zeroes for numeric data. To illustrate this point, the sample explicitly defines SRT as a character array with the data type of A in position 40. The data type is optional because, as in DDS, a field with no decimal positions specified defaults to a character field.

With the constraints of RPG/400 E-specs removed, what's in the future for arrays in ILE RPG? How about a two-dimensional array coded with a technique such as DIM(99:12)? In our sample, this might indicate 99 elements in the first dimension and 12 in the second. Perhaps we'll see this support in a future ILE RPG release.

What's Next?

The new D-specs permit us to consolidate data definitions in a single place in our programs, which can make them easier to understand and modify. In addition, the OVERLAY, PREFIX and length notations provide substantial usability improvements in ILE RPG.

What does the future hold? Since we can define any field or array in D-specs, how about permitting D-specs at the start of a subroutine to define local variables? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to use fields or arrays in a subroutine and not have to worry if they are used elsewhere in the program? Perhaps we'll see local variables implemented in a future ILE RPG release.

In our next article, we will tackle I-specs, C-specs, O-specs, and introduce Built-In Functions (BIFs).

Charlie Massoglia, president of Massoglia Technical Consulting, Inc. in Okemos, Michigan, has authored a number of midrange books. His cowboy hat is his trademark for his frequent speaking tours throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Charlie can be reached at 517-676-9700.


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Figure 1 D-spec Layout

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Figure 2 Named Constants

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 I..............Namedconstant+++++++++C.........Fldnme...................... I 'Midrange Computing' C CMPNY I 'abcdefghijklmnopqrs- C LWR I 'tuvwxyz' I 20 C TWENTY I X'1C' C DUP 
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Figure 3 Stand-alone Fields

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 IDsname....NODsExt-file++.............OccrLen+............................. I DS I..............Ext-field+............PFromTo++DField+...................... I P 1 42PACK72 CL0N01N02N03Factor1+++OpcdeFactor2+++ResultLenDHHiLoEqComments+++++++...... C *LIKE DEFN PRGROS LRGROS+ 2 C *LIKE DEFN PRNAME XXNAME C MOVEL'Missing' XXNAME P P=Pad with blanks 
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Figure 4 Data Structures

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 IDsname....NODsExt-file++.............OccrLen+............................. IGLDS DS I..............Ext-field+............PFromTo++DField+...................... I 1 30 GLDESC I 31 41 GLNUM I 31 32 GLCMPY I 33 36 GLMAIN I 37 41 GLSUB I 42 44 GLCLASS I 45 48 GLCAT 
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Figure 5 Externally Defined Data Structures

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 IDsname....NODsExt-file++.............OccrLen+............................. IDSSEL EIDSOELPMNM I..............Ext-field+............PFromTo++DField+...................... I PMFNUM P2FNUM I PMTNUM P2TNUM I PMFZIP P2FZIP I PMTZIP P2TZIP CL0N01N02N03Factor1+++OpcdeFactor2+++ResultLenDHHiLoEqComments+++++++...... C *INZSR BEGSR C MOVE *ALL'9' P2TNUM C MOVE *ALL'9' P2TZIP C ENDSR 
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Figure 6 Data Areas

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 IDsname....NODsExt-file++..............OccrLen+............................ IINV#DS DS I............Ext-field+..............PFromTo++DField+L1M1..PlMnZr.......... I 1 70$INV# I 8 8 $ISTS CL0N01N02N03Factor1+++OpcdeFactor2+++ResultLenDEHiLoEqComments+++++++...... C *NAMVAR DEFN INV#DS OEAIN Invoice # DTAARA 
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Figure 7 Run-time Array

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 E....FromfileTofile++Name++N/rN/tbLenPDSArrnamLenPDSComments+++++++++...... E DEPT 10 2 
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Figure 8 Compile-time Array

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 E....FromfileTofile++Name++N/rN/tbLenPDSArrnamLenPDSComments+++++++++...... E DEPT 1 10 2 A 
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Figure 9 Prerun-time Arrays

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 E....FromfileTofile++Name++N/rN/tbLenPDSArrnamLenPDSComments+++++++++...... E OLDDEPT TABDPT 1 100 3 0ATABTOT 9P2 
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Figure 10 Initializing an Array

 ... 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 ...+... 8 ...+... 9 ...+... 0 E....FromfileTofile++Name++N/rN/tbLenPDSArrnamLenPDSComments+++++++++...... E SRT 99 10 CL0N01N02N03Factor1+++OpcdeFactor2+++ResultLenDEHiLoEqComments+++++++...... C *INZSR BEGSR C MOVE *HIVAL SRT C ENDSR 
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  • 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.