January 8, 2020
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: Encapsulating Your Data with Extension Files, Part 1
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Database Modernization—Methodology, Part 4
- FEATURED eCOURSE: AIX Security Basics eCourse
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Launches Advertising Accelerator with Watson
- WEBCAST: Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results Revealed
Extension files allow you to extend the life of your database without having to completely re-engineer it.
By Joe Pluta
As business programmers, we spend most of our time working with the database, one way or another. Unless we're lucky enough to be in on the ground floor of a new installation of a modern package, chances are that database will require modifications to support changing business requirements. Even if it's an entirely custom application suite built specifically for your business model, the database probably has become a bit long in the tooth and needs to be updated to take advantage of newer features. Rafael Victoria-Pereira has written several excellent articles on database modernization, and I invite you to spend some time with them. Today, though, I'm going to talk about extending your existing IBM i database without modernizing it.
Today’s topic is normalization. If your database were a piece of dirty laundry, normalization would be a kind of wash-rinse-dry process. But in this case, shrinking wouldn’t be a problem.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
Normalization, explained in the first TechTip of this series, is more than just a theoretical concept. It’s time to put it to work in your database.
Normalizing the Database
In this stage of the modernization process, it would be a good idea to take some time and revisit the database design, review the notes you took earlier, and have another look at the Entity Relationship Diagram you drafted. Then, follow the normalization process and update your logical database model’s tables to conform with the second normal form, at least. The following steps are involved in this stage:
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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Intruders and rogue employees alike are able to invisibly exploit weaknesses from the inside out. This online eCourse allows you to browse various AIX security topics to learn how to mitigate common threats to your AIX environment.
By Core Security
With thousands of configuration settings and permissions to manage inside of AIX systems, it can seem overwhelming to ensure these systems maintain proper compliance. From users, password services, file, and directory permissions to how file systems are mounted and configured, there are countless elements to be on the lookout for. As you expand this into many different systems and start adding in Linux machines, which have the same compliance rules, and then add in your Windows machines with the same compliance rules, you quickly understand the tremendous scope you are managing, even in a small configuration with a few dozen systems.