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IBM i Pulse: April 26th, 2019

Posted by Tim Losee on Apr 26, 2019 2:06:00 AM


Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we'll take a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. This week we are highlighting two major releases: IBM i 7.4 and Node.js 12, both offer massive upgrades to their users. 

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IBM i 7.4 Rolled Out, and IBM i 7.3 Tech Refresh Rolled Up by Timothy Prickett Morgan 

New releases of the IBM i operating system usually happen every couple of years from IBM, and since it has been a few years since we have seen a new version, no one was surprised when they announced the release of IBM i 7.4. With IBM's new Technology Refresh approach, there hasn't been a huge push to give out new versions at a rapid pace. These Technology Refreshes add support for new hardware and add new software function to the platform, all without breaking release-level compatibility and requiring customers to re-qualify their applications.

Beyond rolling out IBM i 7.4, IBM also released the IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 6, which added many of the features of the 7.4 release into the older release that came out in 2016. The only downside to these new releases is that companies running on the older 7.2 version will not be getting a Technology Refresh essentially forcing those in that version or older to move forward onto 7.3 or 7.4. Also, IBM i 7.3 and 7.4 will be getting the refreshes and PTF patches that will be available under extended support for IBM i 6.1 and 7.1 (which stopped receiving normal support in 2015 and 2018 respectively).

Read more about the release here



Introducing Node.js 12 by Node.js Foundation

This week marked the release of Node.js and it was a welcome sight within the Node.js community. Some of the highlights include faster startup, better default heap limits, new features, updates, and support. Here is a list of all the new features included in Node.js 12. 

  • Upgrade to V8 JavaScript
  • Introduction of TLS 1.3
  • Properly Configure Default Heap Limits 
  • Switch Default http Parer to llhttp
  • Makes Native Modules Easier
  • Worker Threads
  • Diagnostic Reports
  • Heap Dumps
  • Startup Improvements
  • ES6 Module Support
  • New Compiler and Platform Minimums

Read about each new feature here


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Topics: Events & Education, Application modernization, IBM i applications, Node.js, Profound.js, IBM i, RPG, AS400 modernization, IBM i Modernization, Agile modernization, iSeries, Legacy Modernization

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