This newsletter features a Web site that every IBM i manager should read, some programming tips, a cool new Windows utility, and a great book deal.
2022 is almost here!: Happy Holidays
All of us at ASNA wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very good new year!
Heads up!: The decade of crisis for the IBM i and RPG
By 2030 (only nine years away!), the average RPG programmer will be 80 or rapidly approaching it. For many IBM i shops, these programmers nearing retirement are responsible for the business being able to deliver its unique business value. For unprepared shops, the loss of these programmers to retirement will be devastating.
We've written an online white paper about many aspects of this issue. For our customers facing similiar challenges, this is an important topic.
Windows 10 tools: The coolest Windows utility you aren't using
A little more than a year ago, with very little fanfare, Microsoft sneaked a very cool, very powerful little utility into Windows. It's called the Windows Package Manager or
winget for short. Not only is
winget a great way to install apps on Windows, it allows easy scripting so that you can easily spin up a new machine with your favorite apps.
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Visual Studio: Update on Visual Studio 2022 support
Microsoft released Visual Studio 2022 on November 8th. Since 2003 we've worked hard to keep our products current with the latest releases of Visual Studio. Indeed, some came easier than others. Some Visual Studio releases made subtle, under-the-cover changes that caused us major issues.
With Visual Studio 2022, many COM interfaces used by ASNA tools were changed, and in some cases, broken â€“ a big deal-breaker for compatibility. This change presents a substantial challenge for us. Many of our Visual Studio internals, like Microsoft's until now, are COM-based. This includes features such as Intellisense, debugger interoperability, form designer integration and many others.
We've been coding away trying to keep up with Microsoft on its march to 64-bits. It turns out that Microsoft's programming team has more resources than ours and they flat beat us to November 8th.
Integrating our products with Visual Studio 2022 is a high priority for us but, being realistic, we won't have anything ready until Q2 2022. We know this might present a challenge for you and apologize for the inconvenience. However, we think full transparency is the best way to go. We want you to have the information you need to plan for a solid Visual Studio 2022 upgrade.
AVR: Extending ASNA Visual RPG with C
AVR can do most things that C# can do, but it can't do all of the things that C# does. This video shows how to use C# to extend AVR.
The example shown here uses C# asynchronous capablities to add multi-threaded capabilities to AVR. Note that this video is not an asynchronous programming tutorial. The video includes links where you can learn more about asynchronous programming in .NET.
Since making the video, I found a very good YouTube video on asynchronous programming by Tim Corey. A link to that video is below.
Save $$$: A great deal on programming books
HumbleBundle.com is a discount site that sells software and digital resources. Not only does it occasionally offer a programming book deal, but some of HumbleBundle's proceeds go to charity.
Need a little help for your IBM i programming team?: ASNA's Professional Services team can help you
ASNA's worldwide services team has what it takes to make your project a success. From small Web sites all the way to million-line enterprise RPG application migrations, from providing a little direction and guidance to doing 100% of the work for you, our team can help you.
The ASNA Services team is available to help with any phase of your project, from design to deployment. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.