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Converting Numeric to Character

Until recently, it had been difficult to convert between numeric and character values in languages other than RPG. In RPG, we simply used the MOVE opcode and numeric-to-character or character-to-numeric conversion was magically done for us.

Today, many languages have built-in functions or implicit conversions between character and numeric. For example, in the C language, the atoi() and itoa() functions convert numeric into character format and character into numeric format, respectively. The advantage of these functions over, say, the MOVE opcode, is that they also do some limited handling of embedded blanks, commas, decimal points, and the so-called status (positive or negative sign). You can't do that with a simple MOVE opcode.

In RPG IV, IBM added two operation codes that would convert numeric values into character values and allow you to mask or edit the resulting values. That way, the character format appears just as it would have, had it been output using RPG IV output specification forms and an edit code or edit word.

The %EDITC (edit code) built-in function's purpose is to convert a numeric value (or the result of a numeric expression) into a character format. Its second parameter is used to control the formatting of the resulting value. It can be any available RPG IV edit code. So, for example, the following code would yield a result of 3,210.50 in TextField:

     C                   Eval      Amtdue = 3210.50
     C                   Eval      TextField = %editc( amtdue : 'J')

One anomaly of the %EDITC built-in function is that the resulting character string that it returns is as long as the original numeric value, plus the edit codes and decimal positions. So if the AMTDUE field used in the example was a nine-position packed field with two decimals, the resulting value would be 12 positions in length, as follows:

 *...v... 1 ...v... 2
'    3,210.50'

A design decision had to be made to either leave in the leading blanks or truncate them. There are good reasons both to leave them in and to take them out. But the decision was made so that when several values are being converted, the resulting character string length would be consistent.

To truncate the leading blanks, wrap the %EDITC built-in function within a %TRIML built-in function, as follows:

%TRIML(%editc( amtdue : 'J')) 

This will eliminate the leading blanks from the result value.

In OS/400 V4R4, IBM introduced the %CHAR built-in function. %CHAR does a fine job of converting numeric values to character. But unlike %EDITC, the %CHAR function strips off leading blanks, and it does not allow you to specify a customized edit code. Edit code L is effectively used by %CHAR.

In the example, %CHAR(amtdue) would return 3210.50. In addition, %CHAR can be used within concatenations. This makes it incredibly easy to create messages intended for humans to read. For example:

     C                   Eval      msg = 'Invoice ' + %Char(InvNbr) + 
     C                                   ' was not found.'

The %CHAR built-in function converts the numeric INVNBR field into character format, stripping off the leading blanks and zeros. So the end user might see something like this:

'Invoice 370120 was not found.'

Converting Character to Numeric

But what about converting character to numeric? Certainly it must be just as easy to do using free-format syntax; after all, the MOVE opcode has been doing it for decades.

What if an end user types 32.50 into a Web page? This value will arrive in your program as character data; literally, '32.50' is sent. But that value needs to be stored in the database as a seven-digit packed field with two decimals. So how do you convert it?

Before you answer, consider this: The end user might enter the value as 32.50 or 1,320.00 or .50 or 0.50 or 1.23- or as simply the number 10. So how can it be converted successfully in all situations?

If you are running OS/400 V5R2, you can use an enhancement to the %DEC built-in function. %DEC (under V5R2) will convert a character value containing valid numeric data into a numeric value. You must specify the resulting field's length and decimal positions, however. Here's an example:

     D AmtDue          S              7P 2
     D TextValue       S             12A   Inz('1,320.50')
     C                   Eval      Amtdue = %Dec(TextValue : 7 : 2)

The first parameter of %DEC is the character string that is converted. The second and third parameters are the length and decimal positions to use for the conversion. All parameters are required.

Alternatively, you can specify the second and third parameters by using the relative size of the result field. To do this, substitute the %LEN and %DECPOS built-in functions in place of the hard-coded length and decimal positions, as follows:

     D AmtDue          S              7P 2
     D TextValue       S             12A   Inz('1,320.50')
     C                   Eval      Amtdue = %Dec(TextValue :
     C                                       %len(amtdue) : %decpos(amtdue))

This may be a bit more complicated and ugly, but it provides more flexibility (read: forgiveness) when you copy the code into another program.

The enhancement to %DEC is also provided for in the %INT built-in function. Both are welcome and long overdue. However, it bothers me that these non-operating-system-specific enhancements are not ported back to V4R5 or even V5R1, thus making it very unlikely that you'll actually use either of them in the next year or more.

So, what do we do about this situation? We implement similar functions ourselves--using existing interfaces--and make it work all the way back to V3R7 and possibly even V3R2.

Do It Yourself

There are two types of conversion from character to numeric.

  • Converting integers or whole numbers
  • Converting numbers with decimal notation, such as dollar values

Converting integers or whole numbers is extremely easy in RPG IV. Simply prototype one of the C language runtime functions and then call it. It's that easy!

Listed in Figure 1 is the RPG IV source for the C language atoi() function. This is just the prototype, but that's all that is required to call the function, except, of course, the ever-present BNDDIR('QC2LE') keyword in the header specification.

.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0001 D atoi            PR            10I 0 ExtProc('atoi')
0002 D  charValue                      *   VALUE Options(*STRING)

Figure 1: Prototype for atoi (character to integer) function

The function "atoi" actually means "ASCII to integer," but we're not working with an ASCII character set, so we refer to it as "character to integer." In RPG IV, an integer is an "I" data type with a length of 3, 5, 10, or 20 and a decimal position that is always 0.

The length of integer fields in RPG IV is somewhat of a misnomer. Integers are traditionally referred to by their byte count, not the number of digits they hold. So the declared lengths are not the length of the field in bytes. In RPG IV, we have 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-byte integers, which correspond to the 3, 5, 10, and 20 position "I" fields. For example, a 3i0 field is a 1-byte integer, and a 10i0 field is a 4-byte integer. The table listed in Figure 2 defines each of the integer field lengths and the corresponding data types in RPG IV.

As Declared in RPG
Conventional Identification
Range
3i 0
INT1
-256 through 256
5i 0
INT2
-32 768 through 32 767
10i 0
INT4
-2 147 483 647 through 2 147 483 647
20i 0
INT8
-9 223 372 036 854 775 808 through
9 223 372 036 854 775 807

Figure 2: Integer data types' lengths and ranges

The following illustrates the use of the atoi() procedure in RPG IV.

0001 H BNDDIR('QC2LE')
0002 D InvNbr          S              7P 0
0003 D TextValue       S             12A   Inz('10425')
0004 C                   Eval      InvNbr = atoi(TextValue)

The atoi() function (line 4) converts the textual '10425' into a numeric value and assigns that value to the INVNBR field. Note that assigning the integer value to the packed decimal field is perfectly legal.

There is an obvious problem with atoi(). It handles numbers up to 10 digits in length. This is fine, except it won't work with some telephone numbers or other long numeric values. The IBM ILE C compiler resolves this issue by supporting another function, named atoll(). This function works exactly the same as atoi(), except that it handles much larger values. Up to a 19-digit numeric value may be converted using atoll().

The following illustrates the use of the atoll() procedure in RPGIV.

0001 H BNDDIR('QC2LE')
0002 D Phone           S             13P 0
0003 D TextValue       S             20A   Inz('0118005529402')
0004 C                   Eval      InvNbr = atoll(TextValue)

There is nothing that prevents you from using atoll() exclusively. It works just as well with short integers as it does with long integers (actually they are referred to as "long, long integers," hence the atoll nomenclature). The prototype for atoll() is listed in Figure 3.

.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0001 D atoll           PR            20I 0 ExtProc('atoll')
0002 D  charValue                      *   VALUE Options(*STRING)

Figure 3: Prototype for the atoll procedure

Remember, when you're using a C language function, you are using a case-sensitive language. So the procedure name "atoll" must be in lowercase when specified as the parameter of the EXTPROC keyword (line 1).

That takes care of integers, but what about currency values--dollars and cents? How do you convert something like "123.45" to a number?

The C language has another function named atof(). This function converts a character string containing numeric data to a floating point value. The atof() (convert ASCII to floating point value) function works pretty well with simple values, but when accuracy is important, atof() can not be relied upon. Figure 4 contains the prototype for the atof() function in RPG IV.

.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0001 D atof            PR             8F   ExtProc('atof')
0002 D  charValue                      *   VALUE Options(*STRING)

Figure 4: Prototype for the atof procedure

Instead of atof(), there are other interfaces that can accomplish a similar, yet more accurate, result. The AS/400 and iSeries have something that is at a lower level than the C language, and that is the Machine Interface (MI). In effect, this is OS/400 Assembly language. While I don't want to get into the virtues of MI programming, I do advocate using a bit of MI now and then, especially today, since you can call an MI instruction directly from within RPG IV.

The MI instruction CVTEFN (Convert external form to numeric) allows you to convert from character to numeric. The resulting value can be virtually any numeric data type and length. The documentation on CVTEFN states the following:
"Scans a character source for a valid decimal number in display format, removes the display character, and places the result in receiver."

The syntax diagram for CVTEFN is as follows:

void _CVTEFN (_SPCPTR receiver,
_DPA_Template_T *rcvr_descr,
_SPCPTRCN source,
unsigned int *src_length,
_SPCPTR mask);

This seems complex, but it isn't. It just used different names for parameters. For example, _SPCPTR is a pointer to a variable. In RPG IV, that means it's a regular parameter. To create a parameter list to call CVTEFN, the RPG IV code in Figure 5 could be used.

.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0001 D DPA_Template    DS 
0002 D  DPA_type                      1A   Inz(T_PACKED) 
0003 D  DPA_len                       5I 0 
0004 D    DPA_decpos                  3I 0 overlay(DPA_len:1) Inz(9)  
0005 D    DPA_length                  3I 0 overlay(DPA_len:2) Inz(30) 
0006 D  DPA_res                      10I 0 Inz(0) 

      ** The prototype for the CVTEFN MI function, used by the
      ** CharToNum procedure to do the conversion.
.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0007 D CvtEFN          PR                  ExtProc('_CVTEFN')
0008 D  pRtnValue                      *   VALUE
0009 D  DPA_Templ                          Const LIKE(DPA_Template)
0010 D  CharValue                   256A   Const
0011 D  nCharValueLen                10U 0 Const
0012 D  EditMask                      3A   Const

Figure 5: Prototype to call CVTEFN

In Figure 5, lines 1 through 6 contain a data structure that is used as the second parameter for the call to CVTEFN. Since data structures cannot be directly declared on parameter lists, we need to declare the data structure separately. If you are running OS/400 V5R1 or later, the LIKE keyword used on line 6 may be replaced with the LIKEDS keyword.

Lines 7 through 12 illustrate the procedure prototype/parameter list in RPG IV for a call to CVTEFN. We are actually calling '_CVTEFN', which is a little different from the other CVTEFN MI instructions. The leading underscore indicates that this function is an in-line function; its code is actually inserted into the module we are creating, thus providing faster processing since the overhead of an additional procedure call is avoided. Just how much it saves us in RPG IV is subjective.

I've create a wrapper procedure to call _CVTEFN that makes using the MI function as easy as calling the atoi() function.

Listed in Figure 6 is the source code for an RPG IV module that can be compiled and used with your existing programs. It can be compiled as a *MODULE object and bound by copy, or the module can be linked into a *SRVPGM (service program) and bound by reference.

The syntax to call this wrapper procedure, named CHARTONUM, is as follows:

numeric-value  =  CharToNum( 'char-string' [ : 'edit-mask' ] )

The CharToNum procedure accepts a character string input field or literal value and returns a packed decimal return value.

The first parameter may be any valid character string that contains a numeric value. The character string may contain an edited form of a number or a simple numeric value. Blanks, commas, periods, currency symbols, and a status (positive or negative indication) may be embedded in the string.

The second parameter is an optional edit mask, and it may contain the symbols used for currency symbol, thousands separator, or decimal notation. If unspecified, the default mask is '$,.'. To change this default, modify the DFTEDITMASK named constant on line 23 in Figure 6.

0001 H NOMAIN BNDDIR('QC2LE'

      ** Here is the prototype for CHARTONUM
      ** Cut/paste this into another source member
      ** then /COPY it into this source member and into
      ** any other source member that calls CHARTONUM.

      ** ------------ START OF PROTOTYPE
0002 D CharToNum       PR            30P 9
0003 D  InString                    256A   Const VARYING 
0004 D  Format                        3A   Const options(*NOPASS)
      ** ------------ END OF PROTOTYPE

      ** T_PACKED is a hex value that tells CVTEFN to convert to 
      ** a packed data type. The length and decimal positions of
      ** the resulting value be specified dynamically, however
      ** we use 30 with 9 decimals since we're assigned the result
      ** to our own field with presumably the proper field length.
.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0005 D T_PACKED        C                   X'03' 
      ** DPA_TEMPLATE is the structure used by CVTEFN to do 
      ** the conversion. It contains a description of the format
      ** for the numeric value to be returned to the caller.
      ** So the first parm of CVTEFN must be the same format as
      ** described in this DPA_TEMPLATE. It is initialized here
      ** to the necessary values for our usage in this example.
.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0006 D DPA_Template    DS 
0007 D  DPA_type                      1A   Inz(T_PACKED) 
0008 D  DPA_len                       5I 0 
0009 D    DPA_decpos                  3I 0 overlay(DPA_len:1) Inz(9)  
0010 D    DPA_length                  3I 0 overlay(DPA_len:2) Inz(30) 
0011 D  DPA_res                      10I 0 Inz(0) 

      ** The prototype for the CVTEFN MI function, used by the
      ** CharToNum procedure to do the conversion.
.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0012 D CvtEFN          PR                  ExtProc('_CVTEFN')
0013 D  pRtnValue                      *   VALUE
0014 D  DPA_Templ                          Const LIKE(DPA_Template)
0015 D  CharValue                   256A   Const
0016 D  nCharValueLen                10U 0 Const
0017 D  EditMask                      3A   Const

.....PName+++++++++++..B...................Keywords++++++++++++++
0018 P CharToNum       B                   Export

      ** CHARTONUM - Convert Character string to numeric Pkd(30,9)
      **   usage:   eval  myNumValue = CharToNum('$3,741.63')
      **            eval  InvNbr = CharToNum( INVOICE )
      **              // where INVOICE is a character field.
      **   Parms:
      **     InString - Input character value containing a numeric
      **                string in character form. Any length value
      **                up to 256 positions may be specified.
      **                Leading and trailing blanks are trimmed off.
      **     Format   - Input, optional. Used to override the default
      **                settings for the Currency symbol, thousands
      **                separator, and decimal notation. If not 
      **                specificied, the values '$,.' are used.
.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
0019 D CharToNum       PI            30P 9
0020 D  InString                    256A   Const VARYING 
0021 D  Format                        3A   Const Options(*NOPASS)

.....DName+++++++++++EUDS.......Length+TDc.Functions+++++++++++++
      ** Return value
0022 D NumValue        S             30P 9

      ** Default Currency, thousands, decimal notation  '$,.'
0023 D dftEditMask     C                   '$,.' 
0024 D szEditMask      S              3A   Inz(dftEditMask) 

.....CSRn01..............OpCode(ex)Extended-factor2++++++++++++++
0025 C                   if        %Parms >= 2
0026 C                   eval      szEditWord = Format
0027 C                   endif

0028 C                   callp     cvtefn( %addr(NumValue)
0029 C                                   : DPA_Template 
0030 C                                   : %trim(InString)
0031 C                                   : %len(%trim(InString))
0032 C                                   : szEditMask ) 
0033 C                   return    NumValue
0034 P CharToNum       E

Figure 6: Source module for the CHARTONUM procedure

I tested this procedure using the following eight test values:
D szTest1 S 20A Inz('3,741.52')
D szTest2 S 20A Inz('$3,741.52')
D szTest3 S 20A Inz('3,741.52-')
D szTest4 S 20A Inz(' 3741')
D szTest5 S 20A Inz(' -3,741.52')
D szTest6 S 20A Inz('$-3,741.52')
D szTest7 S 20A Inz(' $3,741.52-')
D szTest8 S 20A Inz('-$3,741.52')

The first seven tests converted to numeric as expected. However, the eighth test failed. Apparently CVTEFN does not like the negative sign in front of the currency symbol. Also, in other testing, phone number or social security number editing sequences failed when using CVTEFN, so we're limited to integers and currency values.

The bottom line is CharToDec is a great asset to your RPG programming tool kit. It easily converts character strings containing integers and decimal values to numeric without much trouble.

Robert Cozzi

Bob Cozzi is a programmer/consultant, writer/author, and software developer. His popular RPG xTools add-on subprocedure library for RPG IV is fast becoming a standard with RPG developers. His book The Modern RPG Language has been the most widely used RPG programming book for more than a decade. He, along with others, speaks at and produces the highly popular RPG World conference for RPG programmers.


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  • 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.

     

     

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

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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.