You’re reading IBM i Pulse, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the latest headlines in the IBM i industry.
Starting off this week's edition with this special announcement...
Profound Hires Guru Editor; Begins IBM i Internship Program
by Dan Burger
- "Profound Logic Software, one of the leading IBM i vendors in the application modernization field, has hired Ted Holt, editor of our Four Hundred Guru newsletter. Holt is well known in the IBM midrange community for his knowledge of the platform, advocacy for IBM i education, and his contributions as a writer and speaker."
What IBM Can Learn From Free-Form RPG
by Dan Burger
- "I've not talked with anyone who believes IBM is doing enough to encourage free-form conversion of old RPG code. But there is more to say about whether the benefits and the effort it takes to make the code conversion."
- "It's not that the IBM i community is totally unaware of free format RPG. It's that their awareness is based on the old free-format RPG, which was much more limited in what it could do."
A Hypothetical Future IBM i System
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
- "I showed you the Power processor roadmap running out past the Power10 chip in 2020 and later and talked about the contrast between the huge amount of processing capacity that IBM is delivering in its Power Systems line and the relatively modest amount of oomph that the vast majority of IBM i shops need to do their daily work to make their daily bread."
- "This is moving in the wrong direction for the customer base. I think if IBM wants to make a killer database engine, it needs to look for some inspiration from supercomputers and graphics cards, oddly enough. I spend a fair amount of time analyzing such machines in my other job over at The Platform, and I keep seeing a design principle that could deliver a machine that is more appropriate"
Five Reasons For Leaving Your Data Where It Is
by Markus Rex
- "Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies..."
RPG and IBM i Programming Languages
by Steve Will
- "One of the most frequent questions I get when I discuss the future of IBM i is a very open-ended question about IBM’s commitment to RPG. This is natural, I suppose, because when many people think of our platform, they think of RPG..."
- "Recently, I’ve received such questions frequently enough that I’ve gone looking for a good place to point people, so they can clearly see the IBM strategy as it relates to programming languages in general, and RPG in particular. Did I find any such place? Of course I did!"
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