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.
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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 Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.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.
High availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, becoming the #2 IT priority just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data. You 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 deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today.
Once data is gone, it's gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of strategic solutions and how to implement them in a hurry...watch now!
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.
Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?
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!