November 1, 2017
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: APIs, Part 2 - Changing Objects Using the QLICOBJD API
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Debug Done Right - Working with Watch Conditions
- FEATURED ARTICLE: How MVC Can Simplify and Modernize Your IBM i Applications
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Board Approves Quarterly Cash Dividend; Authorizes $3 Billion For Stock Repurchase
- WEBCAST: IBM i Resources Retiring?
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: NGS-IQ - Advanced Functionality for Every Twist and Turn Your Queries Need to Take
- MC PRESS MAGAZINE: A Small Intro to Big Data, Part 3: HFDS and the MapReduce Algorithm
APIs are one of the most powerful tools provided by the IBM i; here is a practical example of using one.
By Joe Pluta
In my previous article, I explained the basics of error reporting when calling APIs. This next installment brings those basics into focus with a real-world illustration that you can experiment with on your own and also use as a practical addition to your development environment.
Knowing your way around a debug source and knowing how to set and remove breakpoints is very important, but sometimes you need more than that. That’s where watch conditions come into play.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
You use a watch condition to monitor whether the current value of an expression or a variable changes while your program runs. Setting watch conditions is similar to setting conditional breakpoints, with one important difference: Watch conditions stop the execution of the program as soon as the value of a watched expression or variable changes from its current value, regardless of the place in the code where that change occurs. Conditional breakpoints, on the other hand, stop the program only if the variable has the value specified in the breakpoint condition when the execution reaches the line where the breakpoint was set. In other words, a watch condition monitors the value of the variable globally, while the breakpoint simply checks whether a certain condition is met before the execution of a given line of code.
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!
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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.
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.
Want to make your big ol’ RPG programs more modular and easier to maintain? Then give the MVC design pattern a try.
by David Shirey
Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from chapter 24 of 21st Century RPG: /Free, ILE, and MVC.
Model-View-Controller (MVC) is a design pattern. Unlike many of the design patterns that have been defined, it is not uniquely oriented to object-oriented (OO) programming, but can easily be used with procedural languages as well.