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Joseph Gulla

JOSEPH GULLA | IT Trendz | RSS

IT Service—Service Oriented Architecture

In this post, I discuss service oriented architecture (SOA). It is a brilliant IT notion. Brilliant, really? Yes, let me explain.

SOA is amazing. It is beautiful in its simplicity and usefulness. The idea is to create a software entity that has self-describing inputs and useful outputs that can be accessed either publically or privately, as appropriate, in such a way that the underlying complexity of the root systems and software is shielded from the invoker of the service. With this approach, all kinds of existing data and programmatic functionality can be easily accessed from environments that would otherwise be foreign to the native environment of the data or program.

Michael AM Felt

MICHAEL AM FELT | SecuringAIX | RSS

SSL – You Have a Choice Very Soon!

First thing: What’s in a name? We generally speak and write SSL, but what we really should mean is TLS. For this blog, I shall continue this convention of SSL but soon I shall speak TLS only!

Dawn May

DAWN MAY | i Can | RSS

Installed PTF Currency

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you can Manage PTFs with Navigator; that blog reviewed the PTF management capabilities that you can now use to manage your PTFs via the Web browser. I also mentioned that you can acquire your PTFs from Fix Central. However, there’s one additional thing to consider – how do you easily know if there are PTF updates applicable to your system that you should download?

Jon Paris and Susan Gantner

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER | iDevelop | RSS

Who Knew RPGers Were So Important?

Now we all like to think we are vital to the well-being of our companies, but according to CSC a shortage of RPG coders was partially responsible for a revenue shortfall of $230 million last year. Yes that’s “million.” While "only" $25 million to $40 million was specifically associated with the company's RPG skills shortage, that still strikes us as a huge number. Hopefully upon reading that, all of CSC’s current RPG staff immediately demanded a pay raise. Clearly they are much more valuable than they had previously imagined!

Steve Will

STEVE WILL | You and i | RSS

Talking to IBM i Clients in 2014

One of the core pieces of the IBM i strategy is communicating with our community. Historically, our platform has been quite intentional in working with user groups, in supporting major conferences, and in sending IBM i experts to local sessions around the world. In the past several years, we’ve “doubled down” on this part of our strategy, particularly where participation from our development team is concerned.

Troy Coleman

TROY COLEMAN | DB2utor | RSS

Time Travel Views Not Supported in DB2 11?

In 2012 I wrote about new DB2 10 support for temporal tables. Just recently, while reading the DB2 11 for z/OS Application Programming and SQL Guide, I came across this disturbing paragraph found on Page 4 in Chapter 1, under the sub-topic, “Views, materialized query tables, and SQL table functions with period specifications”:

Rob McNelly

ROB MCNELLY | AIXchange | RSS

The Laptop's Future, Revisited

A reader had an interesting response to my recent post about the end(?) of desktop and laptop computers. With his permission, I'll share some of our email exchange:

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