Summer is over and fall is here. In Texas we know it’s fall because it’s only 92F (33C) at night. Relief at last!

This issue covers IBM i V7R5 and DataGate for IBM i, upgrading DataGate for IBM i, an exciting Visual Studio 2022 announcement, how to tame the Windows ComboBox control, and a list of Windows products that are obsolete or headed that way.

Enjoy the rest of your fall! (For those of you across the globe from us, enjoy your spring!)


ASNA DataGate for IBM i: V7R5 coming and DG 15.x going

The currently supported versions of DataGate for IBM i are: * 16.x, which supports IBM i V7R3, and V7R4 * 15.x, which supports IBM i V7R3

By the time you read this, IBM will have released IBM i V7R5. The upcoming DataGate for 17.x, which enters beta availability soon will support V7R3, V7R4, and V7R5. DataGate 16.x will probably work on IBM i V7R5 but it won’t be formally supported there. We recommend using the upcoming DataGate for IBM i 17.x with V7R5.

Shortly after DataGate for IBM i 17.x is generally available (which we expect will be sometime in 2023Q1), our 15.x family of products (as well as the corresponding 9.x Wings and Mobile RPG products) will retire–which means tech support will no longer be available for those products.

Please read this! If you’re using any of our 15.x/9.x products, please start planning your upgrades now to keep your products under the support umbrella.

Got upgrade?

Note that IBM ended support for IBM i V7R1 in April, 2018 and V7R2 in April, 2021. ASNA does not support retired IBM i platforms.

Frequently heard DataGate for IBM i upgrade question

I am running DataGate for IBM i 15.x on my IBM i and we are moving to IBM i V7R4. Do I need to upgrade that server produce and my DataGate clients or or can I get by with just a server upgrade from DataGate for IBM i 15.x to 16.x?

Higher-level DataGate clients work with lower-level DataGate clients. For example, DataGate for IBM i 16.x works with any client (ie, Windows deployment or WebPak) equal to or lower than 16.x. There is no need to upgrade your lower-level clients when you upgrade to DataGate for IBM i 16x.

That said, please keep these two considerations in mind:

ASNA product betas for Visual Studio 2022 are now available

We recently released the beta versions of several products that work with Visual Studio 2022. These products include Visual RPG for .NET 17.0, Mobile RPG 11.0, Monarch 11.0, and DataGate 17.0 (for IBM i and DataGate for SQL Server). Other products (such as Wings) will follow soon.

There are three important constraints to remember:

Another constraint (that was introduced with our Visual Studio 2019 support) is that you can no longer use Visual Studio Community Edition or the Visual Studio Isolated Shell with these products. Effective with Visual Studio 2019:

If you are interested in being a beta tester for our Visual Studio 2022 please send us an email at and we’ll hook you up.

DataGate for IBM i 16.x new product builds available

On September 14th, we published new, generally available builds of our 16.x and 10.x products. Read about these new builds, as well as other older family product builds, here.

Taming AVR for .NET Windows ComboBox

The Windows ComboBox is the most passive aggressive control in the .NET. For very simple basic uses, it’s simple to use. However, things get challenging quickly when you go beyond the basics. This article takes a look at how to tame the ComboBox with Visual RPG for .NET.


Read more: Taming AVR for .NET Windows ComboBox

Windows products that are heading towards (or already at) their great reward