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Recent Posts

  • An Update on DATA-INTO and More News
    May 7, 2018
  • Thirty Years: Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
    April 16, 2018
  • IBM i Loves RPG
    February 14, 2018
  • New Year, New RDi
    January 16, 2018
  • Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT
    November 2, 2017
  • You Got It Right Mr. E (and Now You Have the Proof)

    Back in July of 2011 we wrote a blog post entitled “A Letter to Larry." The main thrust of the post was to comment on Larry Ellison’s stated desire to have Oracle build integrated systems. The point we were trying to make of course was that we already had such a system. And as we noted at the time:

    “Perhaps your success will allow them (IBM) to see with new eyes the treasure trove that they already have in their own IBM i systems and join you in the quest of bringing sanity, simplicity and reliability back to the business community.”

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    Posted: February 11, 2015 |

    I'm an IBM i Programmer - Security Is Not My Concern - Right?

    Bash, Shellshock, Heartbleed, Poodle - Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard something about security vulnerabilities like these. And as a programmer, you may well have thought to yourself "I'm glad I'm a programmer and not a Sys Admin or network guy who has to worry about that stuff." Or perhaps you've thought to yourself "I'm glad I work on IBM i - just stay reasonably up to date on PTFs and these things can't hurt us - IBM i is inherently very secure."

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    Posted: February 5, 2015 |

    Moving Ahead: Real Case Studies

    Case studies e-book is a hidden gem that shows how clients are modernizing their IBM i environments to achieve success.

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    Posted: January 30, 2015 |

    More Open-Source RPG: List APIs Made Easy

    In the past, we’ve referred to some great examples of open-source RPG offerings, most of them written by the very prolific Scott Klement. We recently ran into another useful offering that we plan to make use of in the future and thought some of you may find it interesting as well.

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    Posted: January 22, 2015 |

    RPG Open Access - So Misunderstood!

    We heard recently from someone who ran into difficulty using code from one of our recent articles on Open Access because they didn't have the required library QOAR on their system. So they contacted IBM support for help.

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    Posted: January 14, 2015 |

    More RPGers' Wishes

    In our last blog post before the Christmas break we published our Christmas wish list and invited our readers to contribute their own wishes. Whether it is a sign that IBM has at long last satiated RPGers' lust for new features or of pre-Christmas lethargy, we received relatively few suggestions this time. However, the suggestions made are worth discussing.

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    Posted: January 8, 2015 |

    An RPGer's Christmas Wish List

    Around this time of year we often start thinking of our RPGer's Christmas wish list--all of the things we’d like Santa to bring us next year.

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    Posted: December 16, 2014 |

    RSE Tipping Point?

    We were asked recently how many IBM i shops use RSE (Remote System Explorer - currently packaged in RDi - Rational Developer for i). Obviously, we have no way of knowing that for sure. 

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    Posted: December 12, 2014 |

    Thankful for Local User Groups

    We seem to have a developed something of a Thanksgiving week tradition. For the last several years we have been invited to lead a session for the Atlanta-based IBM i local user group—now called IBM iTech, formerly known as AMCU.

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    Posted: November 26, 2014 |

    Is “Not Invented Here” Sometimes a Good Idea?

    We’ve both been reading Dan Ariely’s “The Upside of Irrationality” recently. One of the points he makes is how damaging the NIH syndrome can be to a company. 

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    Posted: November 13, 2014 |

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