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  • Who Was That Masked Man? Or That Masked Value?

    In a recent post, we voiced our concerns about the potential for application error when taking advantage of the masking support related to RCAC in V7.2 of DB2 for i.

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    Posted: August 26, 2014 |

    Boost Your RDi productivity With iSphere

    Back in March 2013 we wrote an article for the IBM i Extra enewsletter in which we covered the basics of the new iSphere plug-in for RDi. Since that time, iSphere has received several enhancements, so when we saw the announcement this week of an updated version, we decided we had to take another look. Boy are we glad we did! The range of features they have added to this excellent tool is impressive.

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    Posted: August 19, 2014 |

    Scratching the Programming Itch

    In a blog post back in March we mentioned that we had participated in a KickStarter campaign to help fund the development of Scratch Jr., an evolution of the original MIT Scratch project. Last week the iPad version of Scratch Jr. was released to the world via the App Store and Jon has been having fun ever since.

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    Posted: August 05, 2014 |

    RPG Speed Dating

    Remember Y2K? It is somewhat mind-blowing to realize just how many years have elapsed since then. We were both working for IBM at the time and were heavily involved in IBM's efforts to provide tools and education to remediate the problem. In fact teaching IBMers and ISVs about IBM's Bypass2000 product took both of us around the world including our first (and to date only) visit to China. It was an interesting time.

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    Posted: July 30, 2014 |

    OCEAN Views

    Last week we spoke at the OCEAN User Group's annual conference in Costa Mesa in (normally) sunny California. It was great to see that like several other IBM i events lately, their numbers were up from previous years at the main event. They also had excellent attendance at the dinner and keynote session, featuring Alison Butterill talking about modernization and at a pre-conference workshop on Ruby for IBM i.

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    Posted: July 22, 2014 |

    Programming Highs and Tire Lows

    Last week we experienced an interesting mix of high and low points.

    The big high for us was teaching a class of Java programmers about the joys of RPG. We also spent a little time on RDi, but since they already used Rational Application Developer for their Java work that was mostly just to introduce them to the IBM i specific features.

    Three things helped make this an enjoyable class to teach:

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    Posted: July 15, 2014 |

    RCAC: Two Steps Forward ... One Back?

    We were recently asked about the impact on existing RPG programs of the new Row and Column Access Control (RCAC) DB2 support in V7.2.

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    Posted: July 01, 2014 |

    Tempus Fugit, Don't It?

    This week's blog was inspired by a recent trip into the depths of our basement where we came upon ... wait for it ... a brand new boxed set of PC DOS diskettes.

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    Posted: June 26, 2014 |

    Time to get iThusiastic!

    Rousing the IBM i community spirit is not a new theme for us (check out "Kindred Spirits in the IBM i Community" among other posts on the topic). That's why we loved reading the recent posts from Von Enselman and (fellow Canadian) Steve Pitcher.

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    Posted: June 17, 2014 |

    Free-Form RPG Surprises

    It is nice to know that we can still be surprised.

    When we first heard that IBM intended to release a completely** free-form version of RPG, we braced ourselves for the seemingly inevitable flood of negativism that past history indicated would follow the announcement.

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    Posted: June 11, 2014 |

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