Four Hundred Monitor, June 15
June 15, 2022 Jenny Thomas
I’m working from the road this week, and we are experiencing record breaking heat in East Texas. We have had some minor issues – no Wi-Fi in the hotel, the A/C died in the rental car – but nothing we haven’t been able to solve – new hotel, exchanged rental car – and annoying as it was, I am quick to remember when traveling for an extended period was a lot harder when it wasn’t so easy to adapt and work from the road. This week, we have had several new entries into our Calendar, which means many of you may be working from the road very soon. For now, read on for the stories of the week and a taste of what’s happening in and around our IBM i ecosystem.
Top Stories From Outside The Jungle
(Insider) Ransomware is the most common cyberattack IBM Security, X-Force, has seen in the last three years.
(TechCrunch) IBM has purchased Randori Security in an effort to boost IBM’s offensive security and XDR capabilities.
(MarketWatch) The stock market has been all bad news of late, but IBM has managed to show gains during the downturn.
(Business Insider) IBM has been quietly scaling down its business in Russia.
(CIO Magazine) A look at key features to consider as you modernize your organization..
Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources
(COMMON) COMMON is seeking sessions on all aspects of IBM i programming and administration for its Fall NAViGATE meeting in St. Louis. To submit your idea for a session, visit COMMON’s website. The call for presentations closes June 13.
(RPGPGM.com) Simon Hutchinson latest blog demonstrates how to use new IBM i RPG op code to write directly to the job’s job log on IBM i 7.5 and 7.4 TR6.
(PTC) This blog discusses the challenges of overcoming digital transformation.
(IBM i Developer Day) Join Jesse Gorzinski and Liam Barry Allan on August 5 for IBM i Developer Day, a free online event for IBM i developers, talking about the latest and greatest in development on the platform.
(Manta Technologies) Get 20 percent off any course, series, or combination pack – including the complete IBM i Training Library – in celebration of Manta’s 28th birthday. The sale ends July 31.
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
June 22 – Webinar – Attend this free webinar from New Generation Software to learn about NGS-IQ and how you can centrally manage and secure IBM i data access.
July 13 – Summit Workshop Series – Getting to a Modern Database on IBM i, a half day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, covers the design and definition of a modern database and the steps necessary to re-define an existing database with DDL — without having to make any program changes.
July 20 – Summit Workshop Series – RDi Quick Start for PDM Fans, a half day online workshop with Susan Gantner, helps you get started (or re-started) quickly using RDi’s new PDM perspective. This simplified interface includes a table that allows you to “work with members” (or objects or libraries) in a form that looks and feels much like PDM — but with many cool added features.
July 21-23 – Costa Mesa, California, & Virtual – The OCEAN TechCon22 IBM i Technical Conference will offer in-person and virtual technical presentations focusing on all aspects of IT from strategic directions to drilling down into today’s latest technologies plus a Vendor Solutions Expo.
July 27 – Summit Workshop Series – Intro to Open Source on IBM i, a half day online workshop with Mike Pavlak, introduces you to the fundamentals of using Open Source Software on IBM i. Mike will cover concepts and terminology, how to install and manage open source tools, and survey several open source projects and languages.
August 3 – Summit Workshop Series – Data Structures & Arrays for Today’s RPG Apps, a half day online workshop with Jon Paris, covers Nested Data Structures, Multi-Dimensional Arrays, Dynamic Arrays, Templates, Modern Indicator usage, Data Structure I/O, and more.
August 5 – Online Event – Join Jesse Gorzinski and Liam Barry Allan for IBM i Developer Day, a free online event for IBM i developers, talking about the latest and greatest in development on the platform.
August 10 – Summit Workshop Series – Foundations in SQL on IBM i, a half day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, covers SQL terminology and concepts, including basic syntax for Data Manipulation Language (DML) and Data Definition Language (DDL), as well as the many SQL functions and compare/contrast some of them with RPG built-in functions. We’ll look at accessing data from multiple tables using JOIN and UNION. We’ll look at the use of subselect (a SELECT within a SELECT) and the use of Common Table Expressions (CTE) to accomplish more complex data access.
August 17 – Summit Workshop Series – RPG Procedures & SRVPGMs by Example, a half day online workshop with Susan Gantner, covers how and why to use ILE procedures, modules, service programs, binding directories, binder language, and activation groups.
August 31 – Summit Workshop Series – API Enable Your Application with Web Services, a half-day online workshop with Jon Paris and Paul Tuohy, takes you step by step through the basics of creating and consuming web services using either RPG or SQL along with JSON or XML and HTTPAPI or IWS. Learn which approach is right for you.
September 7 – Summit Workshop Series – A to Z of Embedded SQL in RPG, a half day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, takes you from the basics of a simple SELECT statement, to using a cursor, to using a paging cursor, to using SQL to maintain your data, to wrapping SQL functions as RPG subprocedures, to accessing the web with SQL, to the proper use of dynamic SQL . . . and much, much more.
September 14 – Summit Workshop Series – Is Code for IBM i Right for You?, a half day online workshop with Susan Gantner and Jon Paris, introduces you to Code for IBM i, an open source extension to Microsoft’s Visual Code Studio. This new IDE supports developers working on IBM i applications that use languages like RPG, COBOL and CL as well as PHP, Node.js, Python and other open source languages.
September 21 – Summit Workshop Series – PHP for RPGers, a half day online workshop with Mike Pavlak, focuses on the fundamentals of PHP. It moves on to exhibit a simple use case for an application and then decompose the application with a LOT of nifty tools and features.
September 28 – Summit Workshop Series – Coding a Modern RPG Application, a half day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, takes you through the structure and code behind a modern RPG application, exploring the details of each of its many layers.
October 3-5 – St. Louis, Missouri – NAViGATE is COMMON’s annual Fall Conference. This is an event offering unique in-person and virtual networking opportunities that will take place to allow attendees to interact and share knowledge. Details to come.
October 5 – Summit Workshop Series – SQL Procedures, Functions and Triggers, a half day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, shows you how to use SQL to allow other languages (and platforms) to take advantage of existing IBM i code or to access SQL capabilities from RPG or COBOL applications.