Dan Devoe has been developing applications on IBM Power Systems (formerly AS/400) for more than 20 years. He has worked in the transportation, software development, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution industries. Presently he is Senior Systems Analyst/IT Manager at Boston Warehouse Trading Corporation in Norwood, Massachusettes. Visit Dan's LinkedIn page at dandevoe.com.
February 14, 2022 Dan Devoe
Like many small shops, we use a simple tape drive to backup most of our libraries and the contents of the IFS. Each workday, the tape would be changed and the previous tape taken home by someone in IT in case of a disaster.
But then, COVID hit – there was no one in the office to switch tapes and the same tape was being used to perform nightly backups. What if we discovered a problem with the data from two nights ago? Ordinarily, we would restore one or more libraries or files from the appropriate tape.
I set up …Read more
December 6, 2017 Dan Devoe
In January 2016, I wrote an IT Jungle article outlining how my company, Boston Warehouse Trading Corporation, prolonged the life of our VisualAge for RPG (VaRPG) applications by getting them to work on 64-bit versions of Windows. And I’m pleased to say, that as of Windows 10 Creator’s Edition, they still work. However, the applications are on life support, and we needed to act sooner rather than later to begin the process of replacing the apps whose SDK and support died a premature and painful death.
We have researched a few application modernization solutions. But it seemed that, when all …Read more