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  • Jon's First IT Job
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  • The Year Ahead

    In our previous blog, we talked about the things that we regarded as the highlights of 2016. As you might expect, since Application Development (AD) is our primary focus, the majority of things on our prediction/wish list for 2017 are also firmly rooted in that area.

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    Posted: February 02, 2017 |

    Our Top 5 Highlights of 2016

    It's a new year so it seems like a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed.

    Many things happened in the IBM i world in 2016 but we've come up with a list of five of the key things that impacted us significantly, mostly for the better. See how many of these would make your own list of highlights.

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    Posted: January 22, 2017 |

    Christmas Comes Early for RPGers

    Yes, it is true: the elves at the Toronto Lab have given us an early Christmas present and, best of all, you can unwrap it and play with it right now, as long as you are running V7.2 or 7.3 anyway. We thought while we were on the topic of RPG, we'd also take the opportunity to ask for your support for Jon's latest "wish" for RPG.

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    Posted: December 09, 2016 |

    Organize an Hour of Code

    Back in 2014, we encouraged you to get involved with the "Hour of Code" project (

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    Posted: November 07, 2016 |

    Hints to Help You Install RDi V9.5.1

    With the recent availability of RDi V9.5.1, we’ve heard a lot of questions about how to install it.

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    Posted: October 25, 2016 |

    It's a Mac Happy Day!

    Well it has been too long since we wrote, but now we are back with some really happy news to convey.
    A few weeks ago, IBM finally announced something that we had been begging and pleading for, for a very long time: support for a fully native Mac version of RDi. Thank you, thank you, thank you IBM!

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    Posted: October 11, 2016 |

    Jon Talks to Himself About the Need to Know Your Audience

    Note to the reader: When he has these little "chats" with himself, Jon often refers to himself as "Jon Boy," so we've used that name to help clarify which Jon is talking at any given time.

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    Posted: August 03, 2016 |

    Got Any IBM i Enhancement Ideas?

    We've written before about the RFE (Request for Enhancement) process specifically for RDi. It's a simple way for RDi users like us to make suggestions for product improvements and cast votes for suggestions made by others. The process has been proven to work. All the recent releases of RDi listed the RFEs that were implemented. Of course, just because you think a suggestion is great and even if it has a respectable number of votes, it still may take a while to be implemented. For example, we still have our fingers crossed for the RDi RFE that has been at the top of our personal favorites list for a long time now - to be able to run RDi natively on our Macs.

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    Posted: June 14, 2016 |

    Future IBM i Jobs: Who Will Fill Them?

    It's not a new topic for us, but it's still a top concer--both for us personally and in the IBM i community. Who will improve, modernize and maintain the applications that have been running so many businesses so well for so many years?

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    Posted: May 18, 2016 |

    7.3 and Social Media

    Along with the V7.3 announcements, you may have noticed that IBM emphasized that there were going to be a number of social media initiatives around the platform over the coming months.

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    Posted: May 11, 2016 |

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