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Brief: Using message subfiles is a superior approach to interactive message handling. This technique provides the user with detailed information even when there are many errors on the screen. This article explores message subfiles and shows you how to take advantage of some of the message-handling APIs to simplify the implementation.

An interactive application on the AS/400 can use a variety of techniques to present error messages to the user. Message subfiles offer significantly more power and flexibility than other methods; you can give the user detailed information-whether there is one error or a dozen. Message subfiles are similar to ordinary subfiles except that they only contain messages. By taking advantage of three of the message handling APIs, as I'll show in this article, you can develop applications that use message subfiles quickly and easily.

To see a message subfile in action, you can enter an OS/400 command that generates multiple messages. The first error message appears at the bottom of the screen with a plus sign which tells you that there are more messages coming. By placing the cursor on the message, you can use the roll keys to view the additional messages. You can also obtain more information about a specific message by placing the cursor on a message and pressing the help key.

The Program Message Queue

In order to understand message subfiles, it is important to understand the concept of a program message queue. Every time a program is called, a program message queue is created within the job. The program message queue has the same name as the program. As the programmer, you can send messages to a program message queue. The system can also generate messages to a program message queue. A program can send messages to its own program message queue and called programs (those lower in the invocation stack) can send messages to the calling program's program message queue. For example, if program A calls program B, then program B can send messages to program A's program message queue.

A program message queue is just like any other message queue, except that there are no commands in the operating system to view the messages-you must display them using a message subfile. When you use the technique described in this article, the messages on the program message queue are copied to the message subfile. All messages on the program message queue automatically appear in the message subfile. If the program message queue is empty, then the message subfile is also empty. It's that simple!

A Typical Example

To illustrate the use of message subfiles, I have coded a Product Sale Price Entry screen as shown in 1. This screen prompts the user for a product code, a sale price and a sale start date. To keep this example simple, there are only a few conditions that generate errors: the only error on the product code field is a blank entry; similarly, if the sale price is not entered, then a message is generated and the sale start date must be a valid date in MM/DD/YY format. For any erroneous values, a message appears at the bottom of the screen. Additionally, all fields in error are shown in reverse image and the cursor is placed on the first field of those in error.

To illustrate the use of message subfiles, I have coded a Product Sale Price Entry screen as shown in Figure 1. This screen prompts the user for a product code, a sale price and a sale start date. To keep this example simple, there are only a few conditions that generate errors: the only error on the product code field is a blank entry; similarly, if the sale price is not entered, then a message is generated and the sale start date must be a valid date in MM/DD/YY format. For any erroneous values, a message appears at the bottom of the screen. Additionally, all fields in error are shown in reverse image and the cursor is placed on the first field of those in error.

The messages for the first two fields exist in a message file called MSF001MF. 2 shows the commands to create and load the message file. To learn more about AS/400 messages, refer to "AS/400 Messages: Part I" (MC, March 1992) and "AS/400 Messages: Part II" (MC, April 1992). The message for the third field is generated by the system.

The messages for the first two fields exist in a message file called MSF001MF. Figure 2 shows the commands to create and load the message file. To learn more about AS/400 messages, refer to "AS/400 Messages: Part I" (MC, March 1992) and "AS/400 Messages: Part II" (MC, April 1992). The message for the third field is generated by the system.

Now that you know what this example does, let's take a look at the DDS and RPG.

The DDS Message Subfile

3 shows the DDS code for the display file MSF001DF. The highlighted section of the figure is the code for the message subfile. A message subfile, like all subfiles, consists of two record formats-the subfile (SFL) record and the subfile control (SFLCTL) record. A message subfile differs from a regular subfile because it includes three DDS keywords: Subfile Message Record (SFLMSGRCD), Subfile Message Key (SFLMSGKEY) and Subfile Program Queue (SFLPGMQ).

Figure 3 shows the DDS code for the display file MSF001DF. The highlighted section of the figure is the code for the message subfile. A message subfile, like all subfiles, consists of two record formats-the subfile (SFL) record and the subfile control (SFLCTL) record. A message subfile differs from a regular subfile because it includes three DDS keywords: Subfile Message Record (SFLMSGRCD), Subfile Message Key (SFLMSGKEY) and Subfile Program Queue (SFLPGMQ).

There are actually two types of message subfiles; for a multiple-output operation message subfile, your program writes each message separately to the message subfile. This technique gives you greater control over what messages the user sees (e.g., only diagnostic messages). A single-output operation message subfile is automatically loaded with all of the messages currently in the program message queue.

I'll concentrate on this second type of message subfile since it is used more often and, in my opinion, is easier to code because the operating system is doing much of the work for you. For a detailed explanation of both types of message subfiles, refer to the documentation for the SFLPGMQ keyword in the DDS Reference manual.

To create a message subfile, you must specify the SFLMSGRCD keyword at the record level. The use of this keyword converts an ordinary subfile into a message subfile. The parameter (24 in our example) specifies the first line where messages will appear. When you use this keyword, two additional keywords are required in the subfile: the SFLMSGKEY and SFLPGMQ keywords (in that order). Both keywords require a field.

The SFLMSGKEY keyword must be specified first. The field associated with this keyword, MSGKEY in our example, is automatically defined as a four-byte, character, hidden field. This field contains the message-reference key for each message in the message subfile.

The SFLPGMQ keyword must be specified next. The field associated with this keyword, PGMQ in our example, is automatically created as a 10-byte, character, hidden field. Your program must load this field with the name of the program message queue that builds the message subfile. The program message queue has the same name as the program that uses the display file. For all program types except CL, you can optionally place an asterisk (*), left-justified, into the SFLPGMQ field. Doing this has the same effect as loading the field with the program name.

So far, we have looked at the keywords in the subfile record format. Now let's take a look at the keywords used in the subfile-control record format. Most of these keywords are the same ones you would find in an ordinary subfile, so I don't think it's necessary to elaborate on them. However, I would like to draw your attention to the last two keywords; Subfile Initialize (SFLINZ) and Subfile Program Queue (SFLPGMQ).

Earlier, I said that there are two types of message subfiles. Use these two keywords in the subfile-control record to make the subfile a single-output operation message subfile-the operating system automatically loads the message subfile for you. To code a multiple-output operation message subfile, leave out these two entries and perform WRITE operations to the subfile in your program- no messages will be loaded automatically for you.

RPG and the Message APIs

4 shows the code for the RPG program MSF001RG. This program begins by executing an initialization routine that loads a number of variables used as parameters for the message handling APIs.

Figure 4 shows the code for the RPG program MSF001RG. This program begins by executing an initialization routine that loads a number of variables used as parameters for the message handling APIs.

The main logic of the program is fairly simple. A loop is performed until the user presses the F3 key. Within this loop, the main screen is presented to the user and the Edit Screen (EDTSCR) subroutine is executed. If no errors are found, the screen is cleared. Normally, this is where you would write a record to a database file, but I left this part out for the purpose of this example. Now, let's take a closer look at the EDTSCR subroutine. This subroutine executes the Clear Message (CLRMSG) subroutine to remove all messages from the program message queue. Tests are then performed on the screen fields to determine if there are any errors. If either the product code (PRCODE) or sale price (SLPRCE) fields are found to be in error, then the MSGID field is loaded with the message identifier for the error message you want to send to the user. The Send Message (SNDMSG) subroutine is executed, which sends the message to the program message queue.

For the sale start date (SLDATE) field, the CL program MSF001CL is called to perform the date validation. The validation could have been performed with an in-line call to the Convert Date API, but I chose to call the CL program in order to show how a message can be moved from one program message queue to another (more on this later). For each field found in error, two indicators are set on. One indicator causes the field to be displayed in reverse image and positions the cursor on the field. The other is a general error indicator used to determine if any errors were found. All of these indicators are automatically set off in the display file by using the SETOF DDS keyword.

The CLRMSG subroutine calls the Remove Program Messages (QMHRMVPM) API, which removes messages from a program message queue. The API can remove individual messages by key, or remove all messages at once. In this case, we have requested that all messages be removed by passing the value '*ALL' in the Messages to Remove (MSGRMV) parameter. Doing this is functionally equivalent to executing the following command:

 RMVMSG CLEAR(*ALL) 

However, you cannot execute the RMVMSG command by calling QCMDEXC, because it is not allowed in this setting. You would have to write a separate CL program to execute it. The API eliminates the need to write a program. The other message APIs used here offer the same benefit.

The SNDMSG subroutine calls the Send Program Messages (QMHSNDPM) API. This API gives you several ways to send program messages. You can send a message from a message file, or simply send message text. You can include message data for substitution variables, if necessary. You can also specify which type of message to send (e.g., *COMP, *DIAG, *ESCAPE). In this example, I chose to send diagnostic messages from a message file. The result is the same as calling a CL program to execute a command such as the following:

 SNDPGMMSG MSGID(MSG0001) + MSGF(MSF001MF) MSGTYPE(*DIAG) 

I have not supplied any message data in this example. However, this could easily be done by placing the message data in the message data (MSGDTA) parameter and specifying the length in the message data length (DTALEN) parameter. As with the RMVMSG command, you cannot execute the SNDPGMMSG command by calling QCMDEXC. Once again, you can either use the API, or write a separate program to perform this task.

In my opinion, calling the APIs to remove and send messages from an RPG program is the only way to go. It allows you to perform a CL-like function from within your RPG program. Calling an API also eliminates the need to write a separate program to perform the same task. In other words, why reinvent the wheel? If there is already a program that does what you want to do, then I say use it!

5 shows the code for the CL program MSF001CL. This program accepts the sales date and an error flag as parameters. The Convert Date (CVTDAT) command validates the sales date and issues an escape message to the program message queue of the CL program if the date is invalid. The CL program monitors the escape message and the error flag is turned on. The Move Program Messages (QMHMOVPM) API moves messages from the current program's (MSF001CL) message queue to the previous one (MSF001RG). The current program message queue contains the escape message generated by the CVTDAT command. The previous program message queue is attached to the message subfile. So by calling this API, the message generated by the CL program appears in the message subfile of the RPG program.

Figure 5 shows the code for the CL program MSF001CL. This program accepts the sales date and an error flag as parameters. The Convert Date (CVTDAT) command validates the sales date and issues an escape message to the program message queue of the CL program if the date is invalid. The CL program monitors the escape message and the error flag is turned on. The Move Program Messages (QMHMOVPM) API moves messages from the current program's (MSF001CL) message queue to the previous one (MSF001RG). The current program message queue contains the escape message generated by the CVTDAT command. The previous program message queue is attached to the message subfile. So by calling this API, the message generated by the CL program appears in the message subfile of the RPG program.

You can specify up to four message types when you call QMHMOVPM; *COMP, *DIAG, *ESCAPE and *INFO. Generally, it is only necessary to move the diagnostic and escape messages, so that is what I've done in this example. There are two features that make this API very useful. First, all messages of the specified types are moved, which means that if there are multiple messages in the program message queue, they are all moved at once. Secondly, the API converts all escape messages to diagnostic messages, which is a good thing because if you send an escape message to an RPG program, it generally has a difficult time dealing with it.

If you haven't already figured it out, QMHMOVPM is one powerful API. There is no single CL command equivalent for what this API does. To perform the same task in CL, it would take a combination of RCVMSG and SNDPGMMSG commands executing in a loop. The API performs all of this with one CALL statement.

To clarify everything we have talked about up until now, take a look at 6. This diagram shows the relationships between the example programs, the program message queues and the message subfile.

To clarify everything we have talked about up until now, take a look at Figure 6. This diagram shows the relationships between the example programs, the program message queues and the message subfile.

Take Advantage of Message Subfiles

I hope that this article has taken some of the mystery out of message subfiles. I would encourage you to use them for all of your interactive message handling needs. Message subfiles have been around for a long time and remain an important part of a good interactive programming technique. Understanding how to code them is an essential skill for any AS/400 programmer. When you add to this the ability to work with message files using APIs, you have a powerful tool to perform message handling in your applications.

Robin Klima is a senior technical editor at Midrange Computing.

References DDS Reference (SC41-9620, CD ROM QBKA7401) System Programmer's Interface Reference (SC41-8223, CD ROM QBKA8401)


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Figure 1 Product Entry Screen

 Product Sale Price Entry Enter product information, press Enter. Product code . . . . Sale price . . . . . .00 Sale start date . . 0/00/00 F3=Exit Product code not valid. + 
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Figure 2 Message File MSF001MF

 CRTMSGF MSGF(XXX/MSF001MF) ADDMSGD MSGID(MSG0001) MSGF(XXX/MSF001MF) + MSG('Product code not valid.') ADDMSGD MSGID(MSG0002) MSGF(XXX/MSF001MF) + MSG('Sale price not valid.') 
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Figure 3 Display File MSF001DF

 *============================================================ * To compile: * * CRTDSPF FILE(XXX/MSF001DF) SRCFILE(XXX/QDDSSRC) * *============================================================ *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+.. A DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) A PRINT A CA03(03) A R MSGSFL SFL A SFLMSGRCD(24) A MSGKEY SFLMSGKEY A PGMQ SFLPGMQ A R MSGCTL SFLCTL(MSGSFL) A SFLDSP A SFLDSPCTL A SFLSIZ(2) A SFLPAG(1) A N03 SFLEND A SFLINZ A PGMQ SFLPGMQ A R SCREEN A OVERLAY A SETOF(71) A SETOF(72) A SETOF(73) A SETOF(90) A 1 29'Product Sale Price Entry' A DSPATR(HI) A 5 2'Enter product information,' A COLOR(BLU) A 5 29'press Enter.' A COLOR(BLU) A 7 2'Product code . . . .' A PRCODE 6A B 7 25 A 71 DSPATR(RI) A 71 DSPATR(PC) A 9 2'Sale price . . . . .' A SLPRCE 7Y 2B 9 25EDTCDE(3) A 72 DSPATR(RI) A 72 DSPATR(PC) A 11 2'Sale start date . .' A SLDATE 6Y 0B 11 25EDTCDE(Y) A 73 DSPATR(RI) A 73 DSPATR(PC) A 23 2'F3=Exit' A COLOR(BLU) *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+.. 
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Figure 4 RPG Program MSF001RG

 *============================================================ * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/MSF001RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *============================================================ *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+.. FMSF001DFCF E WORKSTN * I IDS I B 1 40STKCNT I B 5 80DTALEN I B 9 120ERRCOD *============================================================ * * Do until F3 Key pressed C *IN03 DOUEQ*ON * * Write message subfile and display screen C WRITEMSGCTL C EXFMTSCREEN * * Check for F3 key pressed C *IN03 IFEQ *OFF * * Edit the screen C EXSR EDTSCR * * If no errors then clear screen C *IN90 IFEQ *OFF C CLEARSCREEN C ENDIF * C ENDIF C ENDDO * C MOVE *ON *INLR *============================================================ * Edit the screen *============================================================ C EDTSCR BEGSR * * Clear message subfile C EXSR CLRMSG * * Validate product code C PRCODE IFEQ *BLANKS C MOVE 'MSG0001' MSGID 7 Product code C EXSR SNDMSG not entered C MOVE *ON *IN71 RI PC C MOVE *ON *IN90 Error C ENDIF * * Validate sale price C SLPRCE IFEQ 0 C MOVE 'MSG0002' MSGID Sale price C EXSR SNDMSG not entered C MOVE *ON *IN72 RI PC C MOVE *ON *IN90 Error C ENDIF * * Validate sale start date C CALL 'MSF001CL' C PARM SLDATE C PARM ERFLAG 1 * C ERFLAG IFEQ 'Y' Invalid date C MOVE *ON *IN73 RI PC C MOVE *ON *IN90 Error C END * C ENDSR *============================================================ * Clear message subfile *============================================================ C CLRMSG BEGSR * C CALL 'QMHRMVPM' C PARM PGMQ C PARM STKCNT C PARM MSGKY C PARM MSGRMV C PARM ERRCOD * C ENDSR *============================================================ * Send message to message subfile *============================================================ C SNDMSG BEGSR * C CALL 'QMHSNDPM' C PARM MSGID C PARM MSGF C PARM MSGDTA C PARM DTALEN C PARM MSGTYP C PARM PGMQ C PARM STKCNT C PARM MSGKEY C PARM ERRCOD * C ENDSR *============================================================ * Initialization subroutine *============================================================ C *INZSR BEGSR * C MOVEL'*' PGMQ C MOVEL'MSF001MF'MSGF 20 C MOVEL'*LIBL' MSGLIB 10 C MOVE MSGLIB MSGF C MOVE *BLANKS MSGKY 4 C MOVE *BLANKS MSGDTA 80 C MOVEL'*DIAG' MSGTYP 10 C MOVEL'*ALL' MSGRMV 10 * C ENDSR *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+.. 
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Figure 5 CL Program MSF001CL

 /*===============================================================*/ /* To compile: */ /* */ /* CRTCLPGM PGM(XXX/MSF001CL) SRCFILE(XXX/QCLSRC) */ /* */ /*===============================================================*/ MSF001CL: + PGM PARM(&SLDATE &ERFLAG) DCL VAR(&SLDATE) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(6 0) DCL VAR(&ERFLAG) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(1) DCL VAR(&DATE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(6) DCL VAR(&MSGKEY) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) DCL VAR(&MSGTYP) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(40) + VALUE('*DIAG *ESCAPE') DCL VAR(&PGMQUE) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(10) VALUE('*') DCL VAR(&NBRTYP) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000002') DCL VAR(&STKCNT) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000001') DCL VAR(&ERRCOD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(4) VALUE(X'00000000') CHGVAR VAR(&ERFLAG) VALUE('N') CHGVAR VAR(&DATE) VALUE(&SLDATE) CVTDAT DATE(&DATE) TOVAR(&DATE) FROMFMT(*MDY) TOFMT(*MDY) + TOSEP(*NONE) MONMSG MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(DO) CHGVAR VAR(&ERFLAG) VALUE('Y') CALL PGM(QMHMOVPM) PARM(&MSGKEY &MSGTYP &NBRTYP &PGMQUE + &STKCNT &ERRCOD) ENDDO ENDPGM 
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Figure 6 Overview of Subfile Message Example

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    • 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.