August 1, 2018
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical SQL: PREPARE, EXECUTE, and EXECUTE IMMEDIATE
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy – Modernization: Why, What, Where, and How
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Introduction to ILE RPG Activation Groups
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Board Approves Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend
- WHITE PAPER: 2017 State of IBM i Modernization White Paper
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: Innovate at the RPG & DB2 Summit
Set-based processing in SQL is very powerful, but sometimes you have to do a little extra work to use it.
By Joe Pluta
I've used various features of SQL for a long time, but the one that has always given me a little trouble is the PREPARE statement. I use it rarely enough that I usually have to remind myself how to do it (and why!). I thought I'd write this article as a way to remind myself and you of how and when to use the PREPARE statement and its close cousins, the EXECUTE and EXECUTE IMMEDIATE statements.
It’s time to start discussing modernizing your IBM i applications. This new subseries of RPG Academy presents some questions to ask yourself and offers some answers.
by Rafael Victória-Pereira
The “modernization” buzzword has been making the rounds for quite a while, but it has gained traction in recent years among the IBM i community, due to the advent of mobile computing, more-demanding users, and the whole cloud computing paradigm. This and the next few TechTips of this subseries will discuss the different facets of this fuzzy buzzword from my point of view.
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:
- Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
- How leading organizations are coping
- Where automation will make the biggest impact
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.
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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Learn how activation groups can help your ILE RPG programs run more efficiently, how to specify the type of group to use, and closing and reclaiming activation groups
by David Shirey
Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 17 of 21st Century RPG: /Free, ILE, and MVC, by David Shirey.
Several times so far, we have mentioned that one of the reasons for going to ILE is to have more control over the application and how it runs. And nothing exemplifies this more than the use of activation groups.