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.
Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting. The ROI that mobile applications can produce for your business is substantial.
This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!
Download your copy today!
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.
Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
Watch to learn about:
- Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
- How managers and executives prioritize security
- Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
- Where IT pros turn for assistance with security
You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.
It's time to make your apps proud to be seen! Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools. Alex Roytman and Liam Allan show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver apps your business will love.
You'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to: 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.
TRY the one package that solves all your document design and printing challenges on all your platforms.
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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 (and staff) efficiency.
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!