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Object orientation

May I see your badge, please?



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What’s the first thing you do at a conference? You check in at the registration desk and receive a badge containing key information, including your name and company. While all of the badges are the same size and shape, they have differentiating characteristics: your status as an attendee, sponsor or speaker, and your special interests. Your badge defines who you are, what you can do and where you can go.

With its object orientation, IBM i effectively registers everything on the system and issues an appropriate badge. It supports common attributes that apply to all objects, but also enforces attributes, operations and security controls specific to certain objects.

IBM i was designed to be object-based, meaning the operating system will ensure that each of the hundreds of object types entering the system will behave predictably and within the limits of a user's authority. Object-oriented security helps protect IBM i against malware or other malicious attacks and is the foundation for its well-earned reputation as one of the most secure IT systems for business.

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