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.
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.
IBM i skills depletion is a top concern for IBM i shops around the world. The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.
During this 30-mintue recorded webinar, our panel of IBM i experts outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
- Automate IBM i processes
- Use managed services to help fill the gaps
- Secure the system against data loss and viruses
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.
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.