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.
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.
Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
Watch to learn about:
- Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
- How managers and executives prioritize security
- Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
- Where IT pros turn for assistance with security
You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.
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.
TRY the one package that solves all your document design and printing challenges on all your platforms.
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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.
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.