October 4, 2017
• LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: APIs, Part 1 - Error Handling
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Clean Up Your Mess! With RPG’s On-Exit
• FEATURED ARTICLE: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Mike Pavlak and Amy Anderson Join Fresche Solutions
• TRIAL SOFTWARE: Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports
• FEATURED VIDEO: NGS-IQ: Serious Fun for IBM i Users - Highlights Version
• EVENT: RPG & DB2 Summit
• MC PRESS MAGAZINE: The Internet of Things: You’re Already a Part of It
The more I use APIs, the more I realize how powerful they are, but learning to use them is a process; this article provides a first step.
By Joe Pluta
IBM offers programmers incredible access to the IBM i operating system, but no single avenue is more extensive and powerful than the Application Programming Interface (API) library. So many APIs exist that IBM requires an entire website just to provide access to the documentation. In this article, I'll show you how I've been using this vast resource to advance my application programs.
One of my favorite new additions to RPG is the On-Exit opcode. Unfortunately, it seems to have flown under the radar of many RPG developers.
By Brian May
In a previous article on updating your RPG skills, I discussed using subprocedures and using linear-main programs. Using subprocedures gives your application much more flexibility and stability if done properly. Locally scoped variables and files insulate your code from outside interference. The ability to use return values allows your subprocedures to be used directly in calculations or as parameters for other subprocedures or programs.
After surveying 500+ IBM i professionals, we discovered:
- The state of IBM i modernization in today's businesses and their goals for the future
- The effect legacy applications have on the businesses' internal and external processes
- The #1 concern upper managers have with the IBM i, and how to combat it
...and much much more!
Download your copy of The 2017 State of IBM i Modernization today.
1. Affordable Cloud Solutions
2. Efficiencies of MIMIX
3. Rising Cost of Downtime
This collaborative effort from Connectria Hostingand Vision Solutions will provide a review of the core causes and costs of both planned and unplanned downtime and will then provide a detailed discussion of current options for IBM i High Availability and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.
Most importantly, as you read you will learn why true HA and DR protection are now within reach of even the smallest of businesses.
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.
High availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, becoming the #2 IT priority just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data. You must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization's data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today.
Once data is gone, it's gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of strategic solutions and how to implement them in a hurry...watch now!
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.
Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?
Five Reasons Why Node Is the Solution your Company Needs Right Now
by Profound Logic Software, Inc.
Every business around the world uses legacy applications or code to some extent. Fortunately, for businesses on IBM i, these applications are typically very reliable and stable.