To all ASNA customers,

I am very pleased to share this very good news with you: We completed the management buyout of ASNA from BluePhoenix in December. BluePhoenix is no longer associated with ASNA in any way. ASNA worldwide is looking forward to growing our product and services offerings and listening to what our customers want and expect for the future.

A couple of years ago, Carlos Valero and I acquired the European ASNA operations from BluePhoenix, and created ASNA International. We grew the European business substantially and had lots of customer success. It was a natural move for us to acquire the ASNA US operations. We’re proud to say that the new ASNA now has more than 50 employees worldwide and is ready to help its customers worldwide achieve the application development success they need. ASNA’s European operation headquarters are in Barcelona, Spain. Research and development, sales, and support facilities remain in San Antonio, Texas. Carlos is the Chairman of ASNA and I am President of ASNA US.

This is a very exciting time for me personally. As many of you know, I am an original cofounder of ASNA. It fills me with excitement and enthusiasm to be back at the helm of ASNA. All our key people all are still with us (I’m proud of their longevity-I’m sure you know who they all are!) and are dedicated to creating superior products and services for the System i and .NET Framework.

You can be sure that the new ASNA is solely focused on making sure our customers, anywhere in the world, continue to get the high quality products and services that they’ve come to expect from ASNA. We have lots of new and exciting things coming and we are very excited about the opportunities that 2011 brings.

I’ve worked with many of you personally over the years and am anxious to reconnect. Please contact me. I’d like to hear from you. My direct line is 800.289.2762 Extension 150. You can also email me at anne.ferguson@asna.com

I look forward to talking to you and thank you for your loyalty to ASNA. We’ve been here for you for 28 years. That isn’t going to change–ASNA is here to stay!

Sincerely,

Anne Ferguson

ASNA Wings

ASNA Wings™ is a revolutionary new product for System i RPG programs that modernizes traditional 5250 green screen user interfaces. With Wings, you can quickly and effectively give your legacy RPG applications the user experience they deserve – while leaving your RPG logic intact on the System i. Wings is not a stop-gap screen scraper! Wings uses IBM’s Rational Open Access for RPG to naturally extend your RPG applications with open standards and superb extensibility.

Click here to read more on ASNA Wings

Case Study

Trilogy taps ASNA Services department to resuscitate its AVR Classic code!

A long-time System i shop, Trilogy had many years ago turned to ASNA for help improving the UI of its green screen applications. Using ASNA Visual RPG (AVR) Classic, Fox and his team built a back office application that served as the cornerstone of IT operations.

As a fat client/server application, the application was installed on every desktop. It connected directly to Trilogy’s System i. Users vastly preferred the graphical UI of the AVR Windows over the green screen application it replaced. For many years, the AVR application did a great job for Trilogy.

Technical Tip

The AVR for .NET MemoryFile gets program described capabilities

ASNA Visual RPG (AVR) for .NET has offered its MemoryFile since the product’s introduction in 2003. The MemoryFile is an RPG interface that wraps the System.Data.DataSet. The DataSet is a container for one or more System.DataTables. The DataSet and its DataTable(s) provide a great way to create typed structures in memory. For several years, the definition of a MemoryFile required the reference of a specific physical or logic file (with the FileDesc() keyword). This defined a DataTable with exactly the same structure as the defining physical or logical file. All was fine if what you wanted was a DataTable with exactly that structure. Alas, if you needed to add or remove fields from that DataTable, you had your work cut out for you.

Click here to read the full article that explains the new program described MemoryFile feature.