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JOSEPH GULLA
How to Automate an Entire Software System

I studied to be a computer application developer. After five years of being an application developer, I was invited to join the system programming team where I stayed for a long time enjoying the many challenges of the work. One of the most challenging kinds of projects was automating systems by using a thoughtful method to automate the start up, shutdown and recovery of an entire software system. Let me explain.


SecuringAIX

MICHAEL AM FELT
Why I Stay Away From Using gcc (on AIX)

In the title I mention I stay away from gcc. There’s nothing wrong with gcc itself, but rather the maintenance of the run-time libraries.


Open Your i

JESSE GORZINSKI
Java Goes Open Source! (IBM i edition)

If you’ve read my blog, attended any of my conference presentations, or stood next to me on the elevator, you’ve probably heard me talk about open source! The open-source phenomenon continues to grow. After all, open-sourcing code is a way to spur innovation and extend the capabilities of software.


i Can

DAWN MAY
STACK_INFO IBM i Service

IBM i Services have become quite popular, and it has become typical for new and enhanced services to be included with IBM i announcements. STACK_INFO is one of the new services that is part of the recent IBM i 7.3 TR3 / IBM i 7.2 TR7 announcement.


iDevelop

JON PARIS AND SUSAN GANTNER
Jon's First IT Job

Reminiscing seems to go hand-in-hand with getting older, and so we thought we'd use this post to reminisce about how we got started in IT. We invite you to join in by sharing your own memories of how you got started in the comments section. Today we're going to get the ball rolling with Jon since he's the "senior" member of the partnership. Susan will tell her "getting started" story in a later post.


You and i

STEVE WILL
Announcing IBM i 7.3 TR3 and IBM i 7.2 TR7

Today IBM is announcing the latest Technology Refreshes (TRs) for our two most current releases: IBM i 7.3 TR3 and IBM i 7.2 TR7. As long-time readers will know, the IBM i strategy includes twice a year deliveries of new function, allowing many parts of the IBM i OS and its related products to fulfill customer requirements between major releases.


DB2utor

TROY COLEMAN
Db2 12 Brings Enhanced Data Validation Capabilities to DSN1COPY

This post is outlines DSN1COPY, which is a stand-alone utility to copy Db2 VSAM data sets.


AIXchange

ROB MCNELLY
A Hitch with SEA Failover Testing

A few months back, I ran into an issue during shared Ethernet adapter (SEA) failover testing. After upgrading to VIO server 2.2.5.10, we would fail VIOS1 and verify our disks and networks were functioning as expected on the VIO clients. Then we'd bring VIOS1 back online and fail VIOS2. The network would hang on the VIO clients.