Back in the mid-90s, I had a model D20 AS/400 in my basement. Living in northern Indiana with the cold winters they have there, that 400 was part-time computer and part-time space heater! I vividly remember the day I unpacked the documentation for that box. That 400 came with 800 pounds, no exaggeration here (the […]
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IBM recently rolled out a free mobile app for using IBM Redbooks. The app is available for Apple devices through the Apple App Store and Android devices through Google Play (search either store for “IBM Redbook”). Microsoft mobile devices are left out in the cold! Again.
With the advent of IBM i Technical Refresh 7 (TR7) earlier this month, it’s great that RPG is finally getting this enhancement. In the mid 90s, I sat in a meeting in Toronto where a bunch of IBMers and a group of fixed-format aficionado’s hands-down ruled out a full free-format syntax for ILE RPG.
As expected, IBM recently formally announced a three-year “Service Extension” for i5OS V5R4. Pushing out the service offering had been a “statement of direction.” Prior to this announcement, September 30,2013 was slated to be the formal end of V5R4. IBM’s announcement letter 613-004 provides formal details on the offer, which extends software maintenance for V5R4 starting on October 1, 2013 for up to three years. IBM makes it very clear that the purpose of this offer is for usage support, not for adding new features or enhancements. V5R4 will not receive cume PTF packages, any new features, nor will be there be any retrofitted back into V5R4 from V6R1 or V7R1.
Visual Studio provides a great debugger. I’m sure most AVR coders use it frequently–but I think that most coders haven’t taken the time to learn some of its more esoteric, but powerfully and generally easy-to-use features. This article takes a look at two such features.
If you’re using IBM i V5R4, be sure to put Monday, September 30th, 2013 on your calendar. That is the last day that Software Maintenance (SWMA) support services will be available for V5R4. There is a “Service Extension” plan available, but, according to Timothy Prickett-Morgan, that extended support plan will probably cost 1.7 times the cost of standard support and it does not include new features or cumulative PTF packages.
IBM has an API called Open Access that dramatically empowers ILE RPG programs to communicate with resources and devices that aren’t natively supported by RPG. This API lets RPG file IO be intercepted transparently and redirected to an Open Access “handler.” ASNA Wings, our RPG UI modernization product, and the soon-to-be-released ASNA Mobile RPG, which enables smartphones and tables to connect directly to RPG applications, both depend on Open Access. From time-to-time we encounter a customer who has the wrong information about Open Access licensing. Let’s clear the air on that subject right now!
On February 5th, 2013, IBM announced Technology Refresh 6 for IBM i V7R1. Among the features in this refresh are new Power7+ servers, some SQL enhancements, improved Internet security, and USB surprise!
Steve Will (Chief Architect for IBM i) showed a couple of charts during a recent presentation to the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC)–one of which showed that IBM plans support for the IBM i at least through 2025. These charts caused some buzz on Twitter so Steve took to his blog to clarify things a little.
In another article in this newsletter we mentioned that IBM has revealed some details about its persistence plans for the IBM i–at least through the year 2025. This got us to wondering what you think about the IBM i and what your future plans are for it. Please consider taking our survey in this newsletter article. As always, your responses are confidential.
IBM recently released its latest IBM i road map. The road map doesn’t provide any surprises, except, for the first time ever (I think) IBM discloses how many worldwide IBM i customers there are.