March 7, 2018
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RDi: Exploring RDi 9.6, Part 1
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Debug Done Right - You Can Debug Anything!
- FEATURED ARTICLE: ILE Tutorial: How to Use Embedded Sub-Procedures Within a Program
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Kisco Announces Update For IBM i System Monitoring Tool
- WEBCAST: Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: RPG & DB2 Summit 2018
- MC PRESS MAGAZINE: A Small Intro to Big Data, Part 3: HFDS and the MapReduce Algorithm
Version 9.6 of RDi provides a wealth of enhancements and new features; this article introduces some powerful new editor functionality.
By Joe Pluta
RDi is a fantastic tool for RPG development. Since its earliest days as WDSC (or however you choose to capitalize the acronym), the Eclipse-based development suite has been one of the premier productivity tools for IBM midrange developers. While the road has had a few bumpy little detours, each step along the journey has been better than the previous one, and version 9.6 is no exception.
With the ILE Debugger, you can debug anything. This TechTip will explain how to debug service programs, OPM RPG, and CL programs!
By Rafael Victoria-Pereira
You already know it's possible to debug a service program by adding it to the Working with Modules window via F14 during the debug session, as I explained a few TechTips ago. What you might not know is that you can also do it directly from the STRDBG command. It's simply a question of specifying the service program name in the appropriate parameter.
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
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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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Say goodbye to old RPG subroutines, and get to know ILE RPG's powerful sub-procedures
by David Shirey
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 7 of 21st Century RPG: /Free, ILE, and MVC, by David Shirey.
The idea behind a sub-procedure is simple: take some code lines that are doing a particular task, take them out of the mainline code, and put them in a little spot of their own. Very similar to subroutines. But there are some major differences.