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.
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.
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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.
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.