June 29, 2022
It’s hard to find a lot of good news these days. That’s why we hope you find respite in the enthusiasm with which we cover IBM i and its community. Where can you find an in-depth series on subscription pricing on the IBM i stack, complete with data and analytics stacks? The only place you can find is in the jungle, and you can catch up from the Top Story below. As we head into July, you’ll notice plenty of new learning and networking opportunities coming up on the calendar below, so read on to find out what’s new and what’s happening this week.
The best stories from outside the jungle
(computer jungle) TPM three-part series on IBM i licensing. You can find parts 1 and 2 by scrolling to the end of the article.
(IOC Review) Inflation is happening all over the world in all aspects of life, and unfortunately, IT is no exception.
(CNBC) IBM CEO Arvind Krishna reveals the new normal for IBM employees in the office.
(Robotic Activity Review) Will humans ever trust robots? The answer may be in the clouds.
(Computing) Do you have a penchant for certain technological choices? An interesting read about what you might not even realize you’re thinking.
Red books, white papers, blogs and other resources
(System i Developer) Early savings for the Summit Workshop Series ends June 30. Workshops start July 13 and end October 15, so register now to save. Details at the link above and in the calendar below.
(Manta Technologies) Take 20% off any course, series, or combo pack, including the complete IBM i Training Library, to celebrate Manta’s 28th anniversary. Sale ends July 31.
(Deep Logic) This on-demand webinar covers transforming code and building your team.
(Jack Henry & Associates) Some advice to retain employees during the big resignation.
(New Generation Software) Watch this video to learn how to connect IBM i to Microsoft 365 users with NGS-IQ.
Chats, webinars, seminars, shows and other events
July 13 – Summit Workshop Series – Access a modern database on IBM ia half-day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, covers designing and defining a modern database and the steps required to redefine an existing database with DDL – without having to make any changes to the program.
July 19 – Webinar – Join Able One for a webinar featuring IBM i Chief Architect and CTO Steve Will for a comprehensive review of the IBM i 7.5 operating system and new Power 10 servers. ‘IBM, security considerations, future outlook and have the opportunity to ask questions of Steve and a panel of IBM experts.
July 21 – Webinar – Learn the importance of staying in the know with iTech Solutions President Pete Massiello during this live webinar.
July 20 – Summit Workshop Series – RDi Quickstart for PDM Fans, a half-day online workshop with Susan Gantner, helps you get started (or restarted) quickly using RDi’s new PDM perspective. This streamlined interface includes a table that lets you “work with members” (or objects or libraries) in a form that looks a lot like PDM – but with lots of cool extra features.
July 21-23 – Costa Mesa, CA, & Virtual – The OCEAN TechCon22 IBM i Technical Conference will feature in-person and virtual technical presentations focused on all aspects of computing, from strategic directions to exploring today’s latest technologies, as well as an exhibition of vendor solutions.
July 27 – Summit Workshop Series – Introduction to Open Source on IBM i, a half-day online workshop with Mike Pavlak, introduces you to the basics of using open source software on IBM i. Mike will cover concepts and terminology, how to install and manage open source tools, and review several open source projects and languages.
August 3 – Summit Workshop Series – Data Structures and Arrays for Today’s RPG Applicationsa half-day online workshop with Jon Paris, covers nested data structures, multidimensional arrays, dynamic arrays, patterns, using modern indicators, data structure I/O, and more.
5 August – Online Event – Join Jesse Gorzinski and Liam Barry Allan for IBM i Developer Day, a free online event for IBM i developers, to talk about the latest and greatest developments on the platform.
August 10 – Summit Workshop Series – Basics 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 will see how to access data from multiple tables using JOIN and UNION. We will examine 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 and SRVPGM procedures for examplea half-day online workshop with Susan Gantner, explains how and why to use ILE procedures, modules, service programs, binding directories, binding language, and activation groups.
August 24 – Summit Workshop Series – Python for RPG playersa half-day online workshop with Mike Pavlak, explores the implementation, syntax, and application use cases of Python on IBM i.
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 RPG or SQL with JSON or XML and HTTPAPI or IWS. Find out which approach works best for you.
September 7 – Summit Workshop Series – Embedded SQL in RPG from A to Z, 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 from SQL to maintain your data, to the encapsulation of SQL functions as RPG sub-procedures, to accessing the web with SQL, to the proper use of dynamic SQL. . . And much more.
September 14 – Summit Workshop Series – Is the 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 such as RPG, COBOL and CL as well as PHP, Node.js, Python and other open source languages.
September 21 – Summit Workshop Series – PHP for RPG players, a half-day online workshop with Mike Pavlak, focuses on PHP fundamentals. It then presents a simple use case for an app, then breaks it down with LOTS of nifty tools and features.
September 28 – Summit Workshop Series – Code a modern RPG applicationa half-day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, walks you through the structure and code of 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 for attendees to interact and share knowledge. Details to come.
October 5 – Summit Workshop Series – SQL procedures, functions and triggersa half-day online workshop with Paul Tuohy, shows you how to use SQL to enable other languages (and platforms) to leverage existing IBM i code or access SQL functionality from within RPG or COBOL applications.