September 6, 2017
• LEAD ARTICLE: Practical SQL: Updating a File Using a Cursor
• FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Debug Done Right - Working with Breakpoints
• FEATURED ARTICLE: ILE Service Programs: a Tutorial
• FEATURED NEWS: iTech Solutions' Special Offer for Hurricane Harvey Survivors
• NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Launches Watson Media at the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships
• WHITE PAPER: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization
• FEATURED VIDEO: NGS-IQ: Serious Fun for IBM i Users - Highlights Version
• EVENT: COMMON Fall Conference & Expo
• MC PRESS MAGAZINE: A Small Intro to Big Data, Part 2: Introducing the Hadoop Framework
SQL isn't just for queries; this article shows you one way to use its update capabilities.
By Joe Pluta
I like to use SQL primarily as a query tool. Its very name—Structured Query Language—sort of leans you in that direction. It's also an excellent tool for set-based updates, as its many proponents will tell you. But there are circumstances under which it would be good to be able to update a file one record at a time via SQL. This is how you do it.
Now that you know how to start a debug session, let’s see how to set and use breakpoints. This is one area where the “new” ILE debugger is way better than the “old” STRDBG.
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
Finding and squashing application bugs can be frustrating and time-consuming. Often, a critical situation exists, and you’re under pressure to resolve the issue quickly and accurately. Familiarity with the navigational debug commands, explained in the previous TechTip, will help a lot during your debugging sessions. Naturally, simply moving through the source isn’t enough. You’ll also need to be familiar with the actual debugging commands. This entails, among other things, adding and removing breakpoints.
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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Learn how to set up and compile service programs, a key feature of ILE RPG on IBM i
by David Shirey
Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from chapter 9 of 21st Century RPG: /Free, ILE, and MVC.
There is one more type of program structure that I want to introduce you to. And that is a service program: a program that can be called by many other programs and which basically serves as a holder for a variety of sub-procedures.
If you live in the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, we hope you and your loved ones are safe. We also wanted to let you know that iTech Solutions is here for you during this time.
If you need technical support, to ask questions during a save or restore, need help on bringing your system back up after the floods subside, LAN Console connection issues, or have a hardware failure that you need help to debug, please give us a call. We will help at no charge. We can even work with you to perform a restore while you tend to other things like your house and family. We can help you with any IBM i System Admin function you need help with.