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October 28 — November 3, 2020
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October 13, 2020
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September 28, 2020
Session Grid posted for October 2020 Virtual RPG & DB2 Summit.
July 14, 2020
New Hands-On Live! series features in-depth 1-day workshops on 10 vital IBM i development skillsets.
May 4, 2020
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2020 IBM i Champions Named: Congrats to Ted Holt, Scott Klement, Liam Allan, Alan Seiden, Mike Pavlak, Stephanie Rabbani, Charles Guarino, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris & Paul Tuohy!

ISV Demo Sessions

This Pandemic Sucks, Generating Forms on the IBM i Shouldn't

This pandemic sucks, but producing high-quality forms at a reasonable cost, shouldn't. Using IPDS and AFP is cumbersome, at best, and some forms solutions are difficult to work with and often cost a lot of money. Meet TLAForms, the most feature-rich, cost-effective solution to turn your existing IBM i spool files into full-color, professional forms. Whether you have a forms solution in place or are just now looking into creating better looking forms, TLAForms offers the best combination of functionality, cost and outstanding technical support.

Speaker: TL Ashford
Mike Schuett

Automate to Speed Up IBM i Application Tests

There is a growing requirement for IBM i shops to develop, modify and test applications quickly and reduce time to production. However, many IBM i applications are monolithic and complex making it difficult for developers to make changes to these applications without the need for rigorous testing. Automation is key to adapting rapidly and getting key changes implemented quickly.

Fresche's end-to-end testing suite, which includes X-Datatest and the newly-released X-Replay, reduces risk by enabling developers to test the UI, business logic and changes made to tables. X-Datatest: helps prepare data for testing, create test cases, automates regression testing and integrates with IBM's Code Coverage to validate the completeness of your test. Together, the solutions form a highly effective IBM i application testing suite.

Join us for this session with Ray Everhart to see:

  • Best practices for automated end-to-end testing
  • Technical demo of X-Replay for automated 5250 UI testing
  • X-Datatest for test data management, regression testing and Code Coverage

Speaker: Fresche Solutions
Ray Everhart

Community PHP is Open for Business

Until recently, there was no easy way to develop and deploy PHP web applications natively on IBM i without installing Zend Server. Now, a new set of free RPM-based PHP installers provides everything you want, with all the popular extensions, in a slim, efficient package. It's stable and fast and business-ready.

Join Alan Seiden as he briefs you on today's PHP landscape, including PHP 7.4 and upcoming 8.0, and demonstrates how PHP can be installed, configured, and be ready for development within minutes. Add an array of support options, from free community help to professional 24x7 support, and you have business-ready PHP.

You won't want to miss this inspiring PHP technical session.

When you register, opt in to receive links to the free PHP RPM installers and documentation from Alan.

Speaker: Seiden Group
Alan Seiden

One and Done - An Enterprise Approach to PHP and Modernization

Think PHP is hard? Think again! In this session we will take a look at the installation of PHP via Zend Server and show how in one easy step we can have a PHP installation complete with database driver and ILE integration.

In that single step we have the foundation for moving from Legacy to Modern applications. Along the way we will highlight practical solutions that can be implemented and/or deployed with PHP including using PHP to enhance various aspects of the business including productivity and data-centric solutions.

We will also provide an update that covers the current state of PHP including community PHP and offerings from the Zend by Perforce team.

Speaker: Zend - Perforce
Erwin Earley

Your Role in the RDi Roadmap

Discover the latest enhancements and additional tooling to improve programmer productivity

Since HelpSystems brought RDi development in house over three years ago, this powerful programmer tool has seen many transformational enhancements. In this session, you'll see how this technology is strategically designed to help developers like you deliver impactful software to your organization faster and with higher quality.

Join IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington and Principal Software Engineer Steve Ferrell as they share updates on:

  • Recent enhancements to RDi
  • IBM RFE (request for enhancements) in RDi
  • Development roadmap for RDi

While the focus of this session is RDi, you'll also get a quick overview of some complementary tools in the HelpSystems software portfolio that can help with refactoring old software, cross-referencing your applications, accessing test and product data record by record, modernizing queries, solving forms issues, scheduling batch processes, and more. And we'll be sure to leave time for Q&A!

Hope you can join us on October 30!

Speaker: HelpSystems
Tom Huntington & Steve Ferrell

Build a Dazzling Web or Mobile App on IBM i in a Matter of Minutes - No Coding Required!

The brand new Valence 6.0, available for free download, includes a browser-based low-code development utility called Nitro App Builder (NAB), through which anyone with a solid understanding of their IBM i database can create slick-looking web or mobile apps, including dashboards and data grids with download-to-Excel functionality, all in a matter of minutes! Running entirely on IBM i, the NAB tool can also be used to create intricate file maintenance apps through which users can adjust content in one or more physical files - you control which fields they can see or edit.

All of this can be achieved with no coding, though IBM i developers can easily extend the app's functionality with RPG or SQL code to handle business logic as needed. Advanced programmers comfortable with HTML5 and JavaScript code can take things even further, creating super elaborate data-entry apps that work hand-in-hand with server-side RPG logic through the Valence Portal.

The bottom line: With Valence, whether you're a developer or a super user, you can crank out highly functional web and mobile apps on IBM i in no time - no prior experience in web or mobile development required. Come to this quick demo session to see the latest release of the Valence framework, and how easy it is to build and deploy such an app on your system.

Speaker: CNX
Rob Swanson

Solving the IBM i Continuous Delivery Paradox

Downtime caused by database and application changes affects revenue, customer experience, and costs, e.g., extra overtime for updates outside of work hours. Getting the right tools in place to support DevOps environments and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery is essential to minimizing downtime while achieving your CI/CD goals.

Midrange Dynamics's MDRapid uniquely combines parallel updates, multithreaded deployment, and automated data transformation to reduce production application downtime from days and hours to minutes and seconds. In this session, we will present two real-world problems and how they were solved with MDRapid. We'll end with a quick demo showing a database change with MDRapid.

Speaker: Midrange Dynamics
Donna Westmoreland

End to End Modernization with Profound Logic

When many people think of IBM i modernization, GUI modernization is the first thing that comes to mind.

But modernization is much more than that! Profound Logic provides all the products, solutions and services needed for end-to-end modernization.

This presentation will show you how you can address your top IBM i development challenges while making your business systems modern, portable, and future-proof.

Through a short discussion of our Services Division followed by some in depth Live Demos of our full product suite we will demonstrate:

  • How to address challenges like retiring developers and outdated green screens
  • Why "big bang" approaches are the WORST way to modernize
  • Why roadmaps and an agile approach matters
  • How to future-proof your IBM i investment with the right tools and solutions

Speaker: Profound Logic Software
Al Lusher

Open Source and API Enable Your IBM i in 10 Minutes!

Could you delight your end users and customers by adding web service data to your IBM i applications?

Would it be helpful if you could easily add up to the minute shipment location tracking or weather data or vehicle data to your RPG systems?

What if you could convert pdf or word documents automatically into IBM i data?

How about adding items to your Amazon store or moving backups to low cost Cloud storage?

These are just a few of the thousands of functions that are available by calling public web services from RPG.

In this session, we will set up an IBM i to call open source web services and build and execute a sample web service from RPG in 10 minutes. Then, we will go into a deep dive about how to create high performance, secure web service calls that are easy to maintain. We will also show you how to web service enable your existing applications to make it easy for customers, partners and employees to connect with you.

Speaker: Eradani
Aaron Magid & Daniel Magid

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