Welcome to the January/February issue of the ASNA Newsletter. This issue features a story about the 14th Palooza, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, this spring; a technical article on arrays with AVR for .NET; a call to action for you to get active with Twitter; and lots of other news. Please also take a look at the social media survey included in this issue. We’d like to know how you’re using social media.
I am always stunned whenever computing professionals (from CTOs to programmers!) tell me that they aren’t on Twitter. They always say this as though the qualifications and costs for having a Twitter account are prohibitive. Twitter is free(!) and it takes about two minutes to create a Twitter account. There are many free Twitter clients for virtually all operating systems, but Twitter’s own twitter.com browser-based client is fine for occasional Twitter use.
ASNA Wings lets you create a browser-based UI for your RPG programs. Once you’ve created this UI, you can then further extend its functionality (by calling business partner Web services or exporting data to Excel), for example without making any changes to the underlying RPG program. You can also add many cosmetic enhancements as well. This session is one hour long and provides an overview of ASNA Wings and then shows a hands-on Wings demo.
If you’re using IBM i V5R4, be sure to put Monday, September 30th, 2013 on your calendar. That is the last day that Software Maintenance (SWMA) support services will be available for V5R4. There is a “Service Extension” plan available, but, according to Timothy Prickett-Morgan, that extended support plan will probably cost 1.7 times the cost of standard support and it does not include new features or cumulative PTF packages.
The 14th ASNApalooza, the ASNA customer conference, will be held in Barcelona, Spain on April 15th and 16th this year. Attendees from around the globe will attend to learn the latest tips and techniques for ASNA’s products. Attendees will also have plenty of time to mingle and compare notes on their common issues and challenges. The conference hotel in Barcelona this year is the Hoteles Catalonia.
Arrays are one of the most frequently used data structures in computer programming. Arrays are quite different in AVR for .NET than they were in AVR Classic–but they are also vastly more powerful. This article takes a look at AVR for .NET’s arrays. This article is aimed at getting any programmer quickly up to speed with AVR’s arrays, but it should be especially helpful for programmers with an AVR Classic background. Please note that when this article references “AVR” it is speaking about AVR for .NET.