September 5, 2018
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RPG: New RPG Features
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy – Modernization: Is Restructuring the Database the Way to Go?
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Embedding SQL in Your IBM i RPG Code
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: XXXXXXXX
- WHITE PAPER: 2017 State of IBM i Modernization White Paper
- FEATURED VIDEO: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: Innovate at the RPG & DB2 Summit
With the speed IBM has been adding features, it's a good idea to get a recap once in a while.
By Joe Pluta
If you've been following my recent articles, you probably noticed I've been bouncing back and forth between RPG programming and SQL programming. My last article spent a lot of time on SQL. This one will focus on RPG. Specifically, I'd like to discuss a couple of the more-beneficial new features introduced into RPG ILE over the past few releases.
The IBM i has one of the best databases in the world. We’re just using it wrong.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
Now that I have your attention (and possibly also a few angry comments), let me explain what I mean. It’s a fact that DB2 for i is one of the best databases in the world. This is not something that we just discovered; it’s something that most of us have known for years. However, the functionality provided by that database has evolved over the years, and most (I’d dare say, almost all) applications weren’t updated to make use of those changes. This wouldn’t be a problem if the data volume processed by the applications hadn’t changed. However, the ever-changing nature of business needs (and a little thing called the Internet) made sure that different data and, more importantly, more and more data storing and processing capacity is required to keep up with the competition. What happened in most shops? The systems’ hardware was upgraded, and more workers were hired…to keep doing things the same way!
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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Fixed-format and ILE RPG programs can benefit from the use of SQL statements to improve IBM i database access
by Rafael Victória-Pereira
Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 11 of Evolve Your RPG Coding: Move from OPM to ILE ... and Beyond, by Rafael Victória-Pereira.
It’s possible to embed SQL code in your RPG programs, allowing them to interact with massive quantities of data at a time, breaking the “process-a-record-at-a-time” RPG traditional approach. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying that you should change the way your programs interact with every single data interaction—but some of them could probably have their performance, readability, and reliability improved by SQL. SQL statements can be placed in detail calculations, in total calculations, and in RPG subroutines.