Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The discussion of whether to use the alias names for files’ fields has become a lengthy here amongst the programming staff. The major argument against has been that there does not appear to be an easy way to perform input or output to record formats in display and printer files. I needed to find a simpler way to define the alias and its uses.
Fortunately IBM came to my aid with PTFs to make the using of alias simple in IBM i 7.1 and 7.2. In my opinion this is the way alias handling should have been from the start.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Node.js was promised as part of Technical Refresh 9 for IBM i 7.1 and TR1 for 7.2. It was released yesterday, December 15 2014, as a new License Program Option.
Monday, December 15, 2014
I have added a link to COMMON Luxembourg’s website to this site's IBM i user groups page.
Their site is at www.common.lu (you do need the www)
If you know of a user group that is not listed on the user groups page please use the Contact form, on right, to send me its details.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
After being teased last week with a video of Steve Will, Chief Architect for the IBM i, talking about IBM i 7.2 and TR1 the first Redbook for 7.2 was been released yesterday afternoon.
It can be download from IBM's Redbook website here (17.3 MB).
It has chapters covering the following subjects:
- Introduction to IBM i 7.2
- Systems management
- Cloud and virtualization
- High availability
- Backup and recovery
- IBM DB2 for i
- Application development
- IBM i server functionality
At 416 pages it is going to take a lot of bedtime reading to get through it.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I often need to find out if a particular PTF has been applied to the IBM i I work upon. Most of the time I can use the DSPPTF command to display the PTFs, but there is one instance of IBM i I am not authorized to that command. I think the head IBM i operator is tired of receiving emails from me asking him to check if a certain PTF has been loaded and applied. I needed to find another way I could display a PTF and whether it had been applied on my own.
Fortunately there is a SQL view I can search for this information. According to the IBM documentation this view has been available since IBM i 6.1. The only servers I have access to are running 7.1 and 7.2, so I cannot vouch for whether this will work in 6.1.
Friday, December 5, 2014
In this video Steve Will, Chief Architect for the IBM i, talks about some of the highlights of IBM i 7.2 TR 1 that was released November 11, 2014.
When I asked the Redbooks team, Wednesday December 3, about any IBM i 7.2 books or documents I received the following reply:
Nothing out yet for 7.2 but here's a list of our IBM i docs, covering up to 7.1: http://ibm.co/1vO22mr
In a further communication, Thursday December 4, from the Redbook team they did say when the when the first IBM i 7.2 publication would be available.
FYI we estimate the first draft of the 7.2 IBM i book will be out by the end of next week.