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!
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.
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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.