April 4, 2018
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RDi: Exploring RDi 9.6, Part 2
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Building an Open-Source Community for IBM i
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Open Source Development on the IBM i: Getting Started with Ruby
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Launches Watson Data Kits to Help Accelerate Enterprise AI Adoption
- WHITE PAPER: Mobile Computing and the IBM i
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: POWERUp18
- MC PRESS MAGAZINE: A Small Intro to Big Data, Part 3: HFDS and the MapReduce Algorithm
Continuing with my review of RDi 9.6, I'll show you some features that continue to make RDi more like any of the other language editors you might be familiar with.
By Joe Pluta
In my last article, I presented a lot of the visual enhancements of RDi 9.6, many of which centered on the use of the hover concept; hover over a component of your source code and you'll see information specific to that component. Alternately, the editor will provide decorations (small symbols) to indicate the availability of more information. Hover over one of those to see the particulars. This is a very high-profile enhancement that lots of people have been talking about because it is such a sea change. Today, though, we'll spend a little time on some additional features that might fly under the radar.
Open source on IBM i is a thing! Let's make sure it grows.
By Brian May
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professionals (WMCPA) conference in Delavan, Wisconsin. During the event, I was asked to participate in a roundtable on open source. This topic is near and dear to me, so I gladly agreed to participate. There was a truly all-star panel, and Charlie Guarino emceed. The discussion with the audience was great, and I think all left with a better understanding of the open-source landscape in general as well as on IBM i.
IT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators with intimate knowledge of the operating system and the applications that run on it is small.
This begs the question: How will you manage the platform that supports such a big part of your business?
This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:
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The annual Profound Logic ‘State of IBM i Modernization Survey” takes a look at the trends and attitudes that shape the IBM i modernization market. We reached out to the IBM i community, and the response was outstanding: close to 800 people, nearly 300 more than last year, took the survey. This enthusiasm resulted in very interesting findings for how businesses plan to use and modernize the platform in the coming year.
As you read through each section of the survey, you will see our summary of the results and suggestions for the future. We hope the survey will help your business better understand what is possible for your IBM i platform in the coming year.
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).
Can you trust all of your users all of the time?
A typical end user receives 16 malicious emails each month, but only 17 percent of these phishing campaigns are reported to IT. Once an attack is underway, most organizations won’t discover the breach until six month later.
A staggering amount of damage can occur in that time. Despite these risks, 93 percent of organizations are leaving their IBM i systems vulnerable to cybercrime. In this on-demand webinar, IBM i security experts Robin Tatam and Sandi Moore will reveal:
- How phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated
- Three little-known ways malicious programs can reach your IFS
- Why the IFS is IBM i’s “Typhoid Mary”
You’ll also learn why some of the most common malware solutions still leave IBM i systems vulnerable—and what you can do to protect your organization.
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Pete Helgren lays out the basics of Ruby, a popular open source programming language for building IBM i applications
by Pete Helgren
Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 6 of Open Source Starter Guide for IBM i Developers.
Most of the Ruby language constructs follow a predictable pattern that we, as programmers, are familiar with. It is the implementation of those constructs that can make the "getting started" step a bumpy ride. So, let's get on the horse and ride!