Mobile Computing and the IBM i

Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solves the challenges mobile presents.


Mobile RPG makes every RPG programmer a mobile programmer!

There is a substantial demand for IBM i mobile applications. To fulfill this need, ASNA Mobile RPG empowers RPG programmers to create new mobile applications using their traditional programming skills and tools. Mobile RPG distills the technologies needed to create great mobile applications into a simple RPG model that requires no steep learning curves, no hassles, and no tradeoffs.


Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, and AVR for .NET 11.0

Visual Studio 2012 is available now and Windows 8 will be on October 26th (Windows 8 is available now to MSDN subscribers). Do note that Visual Studio 2012 only works with Windows 7 and 8, Visual Studio 2012 is not supported on Windows XP. If you still must juggle Windows XP and Windows 7 dependencies, don’t forget that Windows 7 offers superb (and free) Windows XP virtual machine support.


IBM’s latest IBM i road map

IBM recently released its latest IBM i road map. The road map doesn’t provide any surprises, except, for the first time ever (I think) IBM discloses how many worldwide IBM i customers there are. IBM claims that the IBM i is currently used by “more” than 150,000 businesses around the world. The number of actual IBM i boxes deployed around the world remains in play because there are many businesses with multiple IBM i boxes. Although the number of IBM i boxes in use pales in comparison to the number of Linux or Windows boxes in use, it’s still good news to see that the IBM i still enjoys a substantial, faithful following. A recent edition of IT Jungle provides some brief analysis of IBM’s “used by” number.


ASNA San Antonio spring 2013 training schedule

The ASNA Visual RPG beginning/intermediate class, held in ASNA’s San Antronio training room, is currently scheduled for January 14-18, 2013 and April 29 – May 3, 2013.


Using generic dictionaries with AVR

.NET has had generic data types since .NET 2.0. However, many AVR coders aren’t aware of these powerful data structures and how much time they can save. In this article we’ll take a look at using generic dictionaries in AVR for .NET. Old school RPG programmers will recognize dictionaries as the distant cousin of green-screen RPG’s alternating tables–except much better!