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The Path To XML-INTO Happiness, Part 3
How Do I Join Tables? Let Me Count The Ways
RCAC in DB2 For i, Part 2: Column Masks
HelpSystems Acquired By Private Equity Giant H.I.G. Capital
A Hypothetical Future IBM i System
What IBM Can Learn From Free-Form RPG
Profound Hires Guru Editor; Begins IBM i Internship Program
Sony Ends MO Production--What Are Your Long-Term Archive Options Now?
Linoma Simplifies and Strengthens MFT Lineup
SoftLanding Job Scheduler Goes with the Flow
Workspace Aggregator' Touts Mobile Access To IBM i Apps
DRV Updates . . . SEQUEL Adds MS Excel . . . Unit4 Coda Gets New Name
An Introduction to Processing XML With RPG, Part 2
Set Your Library List From A Job Description
RCAC in DB2 for i, Part 1: Row Access Permissions
What Will IBM i Do With A Power10 Processor?


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Intel Stacks Knights Landing Chips Next To Xeons

Microsoft Extends FPGA Reach From Bing To Deep Learning

What Will Become of the World's First Open Source GPU?

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Learning Hardware

Oracle Aims "Sonoma" Sparc At Scale Out Clusters

Intel Leverages HPC Core for Analytics Tooling Push

Inside China's Homegrown 64-Core ARM Big Iron Chip

Dell Leverages Hyperscale Expertise For HPC, Clouds, And Enterprise

The Theoretical Underbelly of Optimizing Machine Learning Systems

Slowdown? What Server Slowdown?

Fat VMs Push Some Enterprises To All-Flash Arrays

Supercomputer Force Knocks Human Genome Assembly Under 9 Minutes


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In part 1 and part 2 of my XML series, I introduced you to the basics of using RPG's XML support. In this tip we begin to explore some of the challenges that you may face when processing commercial XML documents, and the support RPG offers to handle them.
Normalization is the process of making sure that each datum is stored in the proper table. Storing data in the wrong place gives rise to anomalies, a fancy word for problems, and you have enough problems already. To make sense of normalized data requires that tables be joined. Do you know the methods to code a join with SQL and the advantages and disadvantages of each one?
In part 1 of this series, I discussed the row permissions portion of the new row and column access control (RCAC) security feature that was introduced in DB2 for i 7.2. In this tip, I will demonstrate how to use RCAC to hide sensitive information without hiding entire rows from a user.
HelpSystems is set to be acquired by H.I.G. Capital, a Florida-based private equity and alternative assets investment firm with more than $19 billion in assets. Terms of the deal, which is not yet finalized and is subject to regulatory approval, were not disclosed. It will be the fourth sale in 10 years of HelpSystems, the Minnesota software company that has since become the biggest provider of systems management tools and utilities for the IBM i server.
A few weeks ago, in the main story in this newsletter, I showed you the Power processor roadmap running out past the Power10 chip in 2020 and later and talked about the contrast between the huge amount of processing capacity that IBM is delivering in its Power Systems line and the relatively modest amount of oomph that the vast majority of IBM i shops need to do their daily work to make their daily bread. The gap, as I showed, is quite large, and it will continue to be so if current trends for usage growth and capacity growth continue.
Three weeks ago, I wrote an article about free-form RPG, a runner-up in the IBM best kept secrets game and second only to magnificently camouflaged IBM i. Since then, I've collected the opinions of several more free-form observers. I've not talked with anyone who believes IBM is doing enough to encourage free-form conversion of old RPG code. But there is more to say about whether the benefits and the effort it takes to make the code conversion.
Profound Logic Software, one of the leading IBM i vendors in the application modernization field, has hired Ted Holt, editor of our Four Hundred Guru newsletter. Holt is well known in the IBM midrange community for his knowledge of the platform, advocacy for IBM i education, and his contributions as a writer and speaker. His position at Profound will be senior software developer. He will continue as editor of Four Hundred Guru.
Sony finally ended production of its magneto optical (MO) media at the end of 2014, forcing customers downstream to look for alternatives, if they haven't already. That includes a number of customers in the government and healthcare industries who use MO drives with IBM's midrange server. These customers have a number of options available to them.
Linoma Software delivered a major overhaul of its flagship managed file transfer (MFT) solution last month with the release of GoAnywhere MFT 5.0. Workers will appreciate the shiny new HTML5 interface that lets them set up and execute file transfers with a few touches of the mouse, while behind the scenes, enhancements to GoAnywhere's logging, security, and reporting functions will win points with regulation-wary administrators.
When it comes to picking a job scheduler, IBM i shops shouldn't feel as though they must buy software from incumbents, like IBM or others. In fact, you may be surprised at the number of job schedulers available from third-party suppliers. One of these, the AUTOMON for iSchedule job scheduler from SoftLanding Systems, recently received some notable improvements.
A Belgian company named Awingu is touting its capability as a "workspace aggregator" to deliver cloud-based access to a variety of corporate applications and data from any browser-enabled device. Among the applications Awingu says it can tap into and securely deliver are those running on IBM i.
DRV Updates IBM i Monitoring . . . SEQUEL Gains Better Integration With MS Excel . . . Unit4 Coda Gets New Name In Refresh
In the first part of this series I introduced you to the basics of using RPG's XML-INTO op-code. In that tip I showed how the provision of a count provided by RPG in the PSDS can be used to determine how many of a repeating element were processed.
On August 4, 2015, I asserted that the proper residence of a library list is a job description. Talk is cheap. Now it's time for me to put my money where my mouth is. I have a utility that gives me easy access to the library lists in job descriptions. I wrote this utility last year, and now I use it daily with great results. Today I make that utility freely available for you to use in your shop.
In a world of hackers, every data asset is vulnerable to theft or tampering. Protecting data can be costly, yet being hacked is even costlier. Enter IBM's row and column access control. RCAC is a big deal as businesses are looking for effective tools to control security, in particular, database security.
The gap between what is needed and what is provided has been growing and growing for years, and we don't talk about that very much in the IBM i base. As someone who loves big iron with lots of horsepower, I tend to look on each new Power chip rollout as a chance for the IBM i platform to capture more and more work. While this happens at a number of shops that mix IBM i and Linux workloads--and sometimes AIX, too--for the most part, the IBM i platform is a silo in the datacenter even if other applications tickle its databases over the Ethernet and the Internet.