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How to use the Batch Model performance tool
This article is an introduction on how to use the Batch Model performance tool available in IBM Navigator for i in version 7.2. Batch Model uses Collection Services performance data to predict batch workload run times, resources used, and the duration of your batch window. It predicts the changes in throughput that result from hardware upgrades (processor or disk) or from a workload increase. It also can help you optimize workloads by providing a timeline view of your batch window, so that you can locate the times when more efficient job scheduling can improve total system throughput.
Articles 07 Aug 2014
Automate journal receiver deletion
This article discusses how to automate the deletion of journal receivers to reduce direct access storage device (DASD) consumption and reduce backup time. An example exit program for the QIBM_QJO_DLT_JRNRCV exit point to allow receiver deletion and days after being saved is presented along with instructions on using the registration facility to associate the exit program with the exit point.
Articles 15 Jul 2014
IBM i 7.2 – The great beyond
There is a wealth of new capabilities available with the IBM i 7.2 release. In this article, you will learn about some of the database, security, manageability, and mobile device integration enhancements that keep your IBM i solutions well-positioned for today and into the future.
Articles 08 May 2014
Continuous integration setup for IBM System Planning Tool
This article describes the detailed steps to configure your own continuous integration build set up for the IBM® System Planning Tool (SPT) without making use of any other publicly available continuous integration tools. This setup comes with the scheduled code extraction and build, scheduled test suite execution, and scheduled code coverage report generation features. You can use this article as a reference while setting up your own continuous integration environment for any of your projects as it gives step-by-step configuration details. This greatly reduces your research, exploration, and development time of the project setup.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 07 Mar 2014
QIBM_QDB_OPEN: The Open Database File Exit program
This article introduces you to QIBM_QDB_OPEN, the database open exit point that was made available with IBM i Version 5 Release 3. This exit point helps IBM i programmers and administrators to manage database security and enhance IBM i security policies. In this article, readers can learn the ways to use the IBM DB2 or IBM i OS exit-point configuration options and various considerations and approaches when designing the exit-point program.
Articles 26 Feb 2014
Using IBM WebSphere MQ message property APIs in ILE RPG
Handling Java Message Service (JMS) message properties from native IBM® WebSphere® MQ applications is now much easier with the addition of the MQINQMP and MQSETMP application programming interfaces (APIs) in WebSphere MQ. This article highlights how these new APIs can be used within Integrated Language Environment (ILE) RPG programs.
Articles 10 Feb 2014
Incorporate web services into your SQL queries
In the past, resources supplied by IBM® DB2® for i have mainly included catalog objects, which users can query to discover details about the database. Recently, a new type of DB2 for i resource was added for database application developers: HTTP functions that are delivered as part of a recent DB2 for i Group PTF for IBM i 7.1. This article shows how to access web services using an SQL query with these functions and integrate the web service data with relational data. In this article, an example is used to demonstrate the usage of the HTTP functions and how to combine them with the DB2 for i built-in XML support.
Articles 23 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
Free-form RPG support on IBM i
This article explains the free-form RPG function supported on IBM i, its advantages, and how to program for H, F, D and P specs within free-form. The support is intended to allow RPG to be easier to write and understand for programmers who are familiar with other high-level languages.
Articles 09 Jan 2014
Using IBM InfoSphere Guardium for monitoring and auditing IBM DB2 for i database activity
IBM® InfoSphere® Guardium® is an enterprise information audit and protection solution that helps enterprises to protect and audit information across a diverse set of relational and nonrelational data sources such as Oracle, Teradata, IMS, VSAM, Microsoft® SharePoint, and IBM Netezza®, and IBM DB2® for z/OS®, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. With InfoSphere Guardium V9.0, DB2 for i can now be included as a data source, enabling you to monitor access through native interfaces and through SQL. This article provides a brief overview of the InfoSphere Guardium architecture, describes how to configure access (including best practices for performance), and describes how to access data activity reports.
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Articles 16 Dec 2013
IBM i Access Client Solutions Linux Application Package
IBM i Access Client Solutions and the IBM i Access Client Solutions Linux Application Package replaces iSeries Access for Linux and improves greatly upon that experience. In this article, you can learn about the changes included in the Linux Application Package: full 64-bit Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) driver, 32-bit co-installable libraries, deb packages for Debian-based Linux and more.
Articles 16 Dec 2013
Using JTOpen with Android to access IBM i
This article provides an overview of the two most recent additions to the IBM Toolbox for Java and JTOpen offering. These new Java™ packages allow you to write native applications for Android-based devices that need to interact with IBM i servers.
Articles 05 Dec 2013
IBM i Access Client Solutions: What are these application packages?
This article explores the Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® application packages that are included as a part of IBM i Access Client Solutions. You can also discover what these application packages are and why they might be useful to you.
Articles 10 Nov 2013
Accelerated analytics - faster aggregations using the IBM DB2 for i encoded vector index (EVI) technology
This article describes an IBM DB2® for i 7.1 technology that can improve the performance of business intelligence (BI) and analytic workloads by including aggregate values for non-key columns in an encoded vector index (EVI).
Articles 31 Oct 2013
Granular security control with function usage
Function usage provides the ability to implement granular security controls rather than granting users powerful special authorities such as all object, job control, or service. This article reviews the function usage capability and the basics of how to use it.
Articles 17 Oct 2013
Command-line interaction for IBM i Access Client Solutions
In this article, you can learn how to invoke Access Client Solutions from the command line and see the utility through functional examples.
Articles 03 Oct 2013
IBM Data Studio debugger and IBM DB2 for i
IBM® Data Studio provides a graphical debugger that can be used with IBM DB2® for i SQL and Java™ stored procedures as well as SQL user-defined functions. This powerful debugger can help you more quickly identify and resolve issues with your SQL code. This article shows how to configure and use the Data Studio debugger with DB2 for i procedural objects.
Articles 29 Aug 2013
IBM i wait accounting
IBM i wait accounting is a technology built into the operating system that can identify what every thread or task is doing on the system when it is not using the processor. Wait accounting is a very powerful tool for performance analysis and problem determination. This article describes wait accounting and explains how you can use it to troubleshoot performance problems or to improve the performance of your applications.
Articles 22 Aug 2013
Handling IBM i system date formats with CL programs in WebSphere Adapters for IBM i
This article describes how the Command Language (CL) programs that are part of samples provided with IBM® WebSphere® Adapters for IBM i are manipulated now to support various date formats, such as YMD, MDY, DMY, and JUL. Also, this article describes how to change the date format in all CL programs dealing with system dates on an IBM i system.
Articles 31 Jul 2013
The power of user-defined table functions
Data located in IBM® DB2® tables can be easily accessed by using the SQL SELECT statement. However, what about accessing data that is stored in non-relational objects, such as data areas, user spaces, or in text files located in the integrated file system (IFS)? The user-defined table function (UDTF) support in IBM DB2 for i makes it possible to access data in non-relational objects with a SELECT statement. UDTFs can also be used as a method of reusing complex SELECT statements similar to almost a view. This article examines all aspects of creating and using a UDTF.
Articles 12 Jul 2013
Working with pointers in ILE RPG
In today's business environment, demand for sending or receiving large data within IT systems is constantly growing and IBM i is no exception to that. To handle large data, IBM Integrated Language Environment (ILE) RPG can use a pointer function. This article describes the pointer concept, data segmentation method and how to use a pointer within ILE RPG. The MQGET application programming interface (API) sample code is used for our modification sample.
Articles 20 Jun 2013
Multiple event triggers support on IBM DB2 for i
This article explains how to use multiple event triggers to have a single SQL source trigger handle multiple events for a table or view. The support is intended to make it easier for IT shops that use trigger programs to manage and maintain those triggers. And, the syntax and semantics of the enhanced SQL support for triggers match the support on the other IBM® DB2® platforms to provide compatibility and portability across databases.
Articles 12 Jun 2013
OLTP turbo boost achieved with IBM DB2 for i
An online transaction processing (OLTP) environment is designed for a software application to facilitate the transactional nature of a business. OLTP applications are data driven. Business transactions are accomplished by inserting and updating rows in database tables. At the same time, other users and processes are continually reading and reporting against the OLTP tables. Jobs doing writing and reading at the same time is the classic driver of concurrency control issues. OLTP applications can take advantage of the new IBM DB2 for i concurrent access controls to improve application throughput and reduce data contention. The IBM i 6.1 release includes a control called SKIP LOCKED DATA and IBM i 7.1 added support for the USE CURRENTLY COMMITED and WAIT FOR OUTCOME controls. Discover how this exciting support allows developers to build high performance applications more easily and flexibly.
Articles 23 May 2013
Manage an IBM WebSphere Application Server installation on IBM i with IBM Web Administration for i
IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.0 and later is installed by IBM Installation Manager, which does not provide a graphical user interface (GUI) on the IBM i platform. IBM Web Administration for i provides an easy-to-use GUI to manage the WebSphere Application Server installations and fixes. This article introduces you how to use the GUI to install a new WebSphere Application Server instance and update it to the latest fix pack level.
Articles 07 May 2013
Introducing the IBM Mobile Database solution for IBM DB2 for i
This article introduces the enterprise IBM® Mobile Database (DB) solution that can synchronize data from an IBM DB2® for i back-end database server to the embedded DB in the mobile device. This solution would be very useful to clients who do not have a continuous connection to their server.
Articles 18 Apr 2013
Introducing IBM InfoSphere CDC replication for IBM DB2 for i solution
This article introduces a journal-based data replication solution for IBM® i using IBM InfoSphere® CDC, which captures only data changes from the source IBM DB2® for i as they happen and delivers them to the target. The InfoSphere CDC solution supports not only data replication between homogeneous databases, but also supports heterogeneous databases, such as DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows (DB2 for LUW), Oracle, and so on.
Articles 28 Mar 2013
Searching source physical file members using IBM OmniFind Text Search server for DB2 for i 7.1
This article explains how to use IBM® OmniFind® Text Search Server for DB2 for i to index and search source physical files with multiple members. This support provides search capabilities for this IBM i object type that are similar to what is commonly available on the World Wide Web.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Mar 2013
IBM i Live Partition Mobility in a multichassis IBM PureFlex System environment
This article explains the main steps to configure Live Partition Mobility (LPM) for IBM i in an IBM® PureFlex™ System multichassis environment. Running LPM is also documented, according to a video caption taken during the IBM Flex System Manager™ GA3 release testing
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Articles 28 Feb 2013
How to use TLSv1.2 with System SSL on IBM i 7.1
The IBM® i 7.1 TR6 version of System SSL supports Transport Layer Security version 1.2 (TLSv1.2) and Transport Layer Security version 1.1 (TLSv1.1). Digital Certificate Manager (DCM) was enhanced with configuration options to allow the core IBM networking applications to support these protocols. FTP and Telnet are two examples of core networking applications. Vendor applications that are coded to a System SSL programming interface can use the new support with code changes.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 05 Feb 2013
IBM Navigator for i: Open for business
IBM Navigator for i is a newly designed web based interface for managing your IBM i systems. Significant improvements have been made too many aspects of the navigator interface focusing on improved usability, performance and simplicity.
Articles 01 Feb 2013
CIM and IBM i: What it is and how it works
This article provides basic knowledge about Common Information Model (CIM) and explains how CIM works on IBM® i. It helps you understand CIM and the Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technology, and briefs the relationship between the standardized technology and IBM i.
Articles 29 Jan 2013
Running your IBM i web solution on ASF Tomcat
Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Tomcat and HTTP Server for i are both widely used web servers. They can be bundled together to take full use of their own advantages to run web solutions on IBM® i. This article introduces how to bring Tomcat to IBM i, associate with HTTP Server for i, and run a web application in the web environment.
Articles 21 Jan 2013
Debug those mysterious problems with your application's memory
Debugging heap memory problems within an application can be difficult on any platform. Fortunately, IBM i 6.1 and later releases provide support to help debug heap memory problems within the ILE environment. This article explains what heap memory is and illustrates the correct usage of heap memory from several ILE languages, including C, C++, RPG, COBOL, and CL. It also describes some of the common problems that occur when using the heap memory and how to use the support provided on IBM i to debug those problems.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Dec 2012
Improve your productivity by using the debugger in Rational Developer for Power Systems Software
IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software features an integrated source-level debugger that helps you debug applications written in different languages and running on different platforms. The key feature of the debugger is that its user interface client connects remotely to a debugger engine running on a different machine. This article shows you how to use the debugger's core features, its advanced features, and its integration with the rest of Rational Developer for Power Systems and other IBM technology.
Articles 11 Dec 2012
Build and install ICU on IBM i
International Components for Unicode (ICU) plays a key role in developing a globalized product. ICU is supported by option 39 of the base IBM i, however, you may want to build your customized version of ICU and include it together with your product. Building ICU on IBM i is as easy as building it on other platforms, but you may still experience some problems due to the platform difference. To avoid those problems, some environment variables should be set correctly. In this article, we introduce the steps on how to build ICU on IBM i and how to fix the potential problems when building it.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 20 Nov 2012
IBM Lotus Domino-based IBM Sametime server for IBM i: Diagnosing and troubleshooting common problems
This article summarizes the common problems for IBM® Lotus® Domino®-based IBM Sametime® servers on IBM i and introduces some of the methods that can help a Sametime Server Administrator to diagnose and troubleshoot the problems. It also suggests methods for gathering useful information that might require IBM support to address the problems.
Articles 08 Nov 2012
IBM i Access Client Solutions: Accessing IBM i has never been easier
IBM® i Access Client Solutions provides a platform-independent interface that consolidates the most commonly used tasks for managing your IBM i system into one simplified location. Many businesses are already taking advantage of its simplicity and flexibility.
Articles 17 Oct 2012
Using RPG to exploit IBM DB2 XML support
This article presents several examples of using RPG to leverage the SQL/XML function delivered as part of IBM® DB2® for i 7.1. It shows how to embed SQL statements into an RPG program to perform relational queries that involve XML data and produce XML results. The SQL/XML publishing functions and the recently announced XMLTABLE function are demonstrated in this article.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 26 Sep 2012
New features in IBM Lotus Domino-based IBM Sametime 8.5.2 and 8.5.2 IFR on IBM i
IBM Lotus® Domino® software-based IBM Sametime® 8.5.2 and 8.5.2 Interim Feature Release (IFR) offers new features to enhance the user experience. This article examines the major new features offered in Domino-based Sametime 8.5.2 and 8.5.2 IFR on IBM i, including the new Java™ Launcher, offline message, and multi-file and folder transfer. This article will focus on introducing the configuration and server changes on IBM i besides the feature benefits.
Articles 20 Sep 2012
Extend IBM i HTTP Server high availability to the IPv6 environment
High availability of the web server in an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) environment can be achieved through the use of the IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror for i software. This article describes how to extend to an IPv6 highly available web server cluster on the IBM i HTTP Server with a takeover IP model.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 29 Aug 2012
System versus SQL name: part 2
When running SQL statements, you can run them either using system or SQL naming convention. The previous article was focused on the differences in ownership and access authorities when creating database objects with the SQL and system naming convention. This article examines the behavior differences with system and SQL naming when accessing tables and views as well as stored procedures and user-defined functions (UDFs), focusing mainly on the different behaviors when using unqualified references to those objects.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Aug 2012
Using the RTVDSKINF command to avoid disk storage disasters on IBM i
Despite over 20 years of IBM introducing larger and faster technology into the IBM i operating system, there are still data file limits that you must observe. One such limit is the maximum number of objects in a library. Hitting that limit compromises your backup policy and causes unnerving delays in the simplest procedures. How can you warn yourself of this impending crisis? Fortunately, the tools you need have been available in the operating system all along. This article discusses how you can use the Retrieve Disk Information (RTVDSKINF) command to gather information about the libraries in IBM i and create listings that can track libraries with excessive objects. The article also provides tips for creating queries to analyze the data from the RTVDSKINF procedure.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 02 Aug 2012
Tip: IBM i Aggregate Ethernet Lines
IBM i can now support aggregate Ethernet lines, also known as EtherChannel. EtherChannel makes your system more resilient to failures and adds performance to its network capabilities. This tip describes the prerequisites and implementation for taking advantage of this new feature.
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Articles 03 Jul 2012
IBM i switchable IASPs — a working configuration by example
This article provides insight to a migration exercise in clustered production environment and covers issues and resolutions on the way to successfully achieving the migration of complex network deployment configuration from IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (ND) V6 to V7 on AIX 6.1 platform. The WebSphere and AIX system administrators would benefit most from this article as these migration issues may occur in one form or the other.
Articles 18 Jun 2012
Test drive SSO
This article shows you how to set up Single Sign On (SSO) on the IBM i platform. SSO allows you to sign on to your primary workstation and then access other systems and applications without having to sign on again. You'll learn how to set up all the required software and how to verify each step has completed properly before continuing to the next. Soon you'll be using 5250 Emulation, NetServer, IBM System i Navigator, IBM WebSphere® Application Server and the Java™ Toolbox to access your IBM i system without having to sign on to each. Please note that there are several different components that all have to work together, so the time required to implement SSO will depend on how comfortable you are with each of the components, but generally expect to spend several days.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 22 Apr 2012
Power printing functions
Over the past few years, customers have focused on moving their IBM i printing to a "paperless" process. However, there is still a need for old-fashioned hard copies. Discover capabilities for managing or enhancing spool files (reports) that have been built into the operating system for years, and learn how - without purchasing any external software or utilities - you can save money on paper and preprinted forms.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 19 Mar 2012
Cover your bases with TweetMe4i and JSON
The world of audits is a reality that more financial companies are learning to live with. One of the things being audited are the texts sent to social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This tutorial will guide you through how to do Twitter searches from RPG on IBM i and record the results into a DB2 table.
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Articles 21 Feb 2012
System versus SQL name: Part 1
When executing SQL statements you can run them either using System or SQL Naming. The System Naming conventions follow the traditional methods used on IBM i systems such as library support. The SQL Naming mode on the other hand is defined in the SQL Standard and used by all other databases. When asking what is the difference between SQL and System Naming, you will normally get the answer, schema and object are either separated with a slash or a period. However there are many more differences especially with regard to the access authority and ownership of database objects created either using SQL or System Naming. This article will show the differences between SQL and System Naming primarily focusing on how the ownerships and access authorities vary when creating DB2 for i database objects (such as tables, stored procedures or triggers) with the two naming conventions.
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Articles 23 Jan 2012
Freeing your IBM i libraries and files
Long time users of IBM Power Systems hardware may find themselves stuck with tape drives that are nearing obsolescence. Quarter-inch cartridges, 8mm, and reel-to-reel tape drives don't have much of a place in the IBM POWER6 and POWER7 world. Learn how you can use disk space to back up IBM i objects in a format that can be transmitted to any other IBM i system without using a common tape media, saving objects to save files or virtual tapes, and then using FTP to transmit them to another IBM i system or Windows disk drive.
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Articles 09 Jan 2012
Moving a master DNS server to a different system
This article provides a brief overview of DNS and demonstrates one method to move a master DNS server to a different system.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 12 Dec 2011
Using IBM Toolbox for Java to access the integrated file system
This article introduces the use of IBM i Toolbox for Java to access integrated file system files and directories. This article shows how to use integrated file system classes provided by IBM Toolbox for Java to manage files in the integrated file system.
Articles 22 Nov 2011
Introduction to IBM i OmniFind Health Checker
This article describes a set of DB2 stored procedures that can be used by administrators to identify common problems related to OmniFind Text Search server for DB2 for i, so that issues with text search servers and text search indexes can be resolved quickly without the need for advanced support.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 Nov 2011
Debug IBM i programs graphically
Debugging IBM i programs can be challenging if you are new to IBM i or used to debugging applications with graphical tools. This article shows you how to debug programs graphically using the integrated IBM i debugger.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 14 Oct 2011
Extend existing RPG assets to a web service-based approach
IBM Rational Developer for i for SOA Construction (sometimes referred to as RDi SOA) is a software bundle for IBM System i developers. Because it combines Rational Developer for Power Systems Software, RPG and COBOL development tools for IBM i (RD Power) and Rational Business Developer, it offers a complete solution to rapidly extend existing RPG and COBOL applications to a web or SOA environment. This article describes a scenario where RDi SOA is used to leverage existing RPG assets and transition to a services-based approach for delivery of key business functions.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Oct 2011
The Effect of Max Active on DB2 for i Query Performance
This article explains how a high Max Active setting for a memory pool can affect the fair share of memory, thereby influencing the DB2 for i query optimizer to sometimes choose an inefficient access plan.
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Articles 19 Sep 2011
Decoupling RPG database IO using Rational Open Access: RPG Edition
Moving from a DDS to SQL database on DB2 for i can be accomplished without changing a single line of program code or recompiling a program. In this article I will describe how to use Rational Open Access: RPG Edition to take advantage of advanced data centric programming techniques only available via SQL programming.
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Articles 06 Sep 2011
Hierarchical Queries with DB2 Connect By
According to the SQL Standard, hierarchical (e.g. organization charts, bill of materials) or bi-directional data (e.g. flight connections) can be evaluated by using a recursive common table expression (RCTE). RCTEs were delivered with release V5R4 of DB2 for i. Other databases such as Oracle use a non-standard method for querying data called hierarchical query clause. To allow maximum portability the hierarchical query clause is introduced with PTF SF99701 Version 9 in DB2 for i. This article will explain the syntax of the hierarchical query clause, how it can be implemented in composition with new operators, pseudo columns and special scalar functions.
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Articles 22 Aug 2011
IBM i Performance Data Investigator - Edit Perspectives
Performance Data Investigator (PDI) is a web-based graphical user interface that ships as part of IBM Systems Director Navigator for i. This article covers the key steps needed to modify PDI perspectives and save them for future use. PDI is an extensible tool that aids in analysis of data from various collectors such as Collection Services, Job Watcher, Disk Watcher, and Performance Explorer. PDI is shipped with several content packages each containing numerous perspectives. The perspectives define views to render your data in chart or table form. With the ability to customize these charts and tables, you have the power to gain the most insight to your data specific to your needs.
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Articles 15 Aug 2011
Manage your IBM i Domino servers using APIs
This article describes a set of APIs which enable programmatic access and management of Domino servers on IBM i. The article includes code examples to demonstrate the usage of APIs to perform these tasks.
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Articles 08 Aug 2011
Let the IBM i Technology Updates wiki show you the way
This article advertises the existence and role of the new IBM developerWorks wiki: IBM i Technology Updates.
Articles 25 Jul 2011
Toolbox for Java and JTOpen
This article explains and contrasts IBM Toolbox for Java and JTOpen support. For either of these java interfaces, this article highlights some of the most useful programming resources for IBM i.
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Articles 05 Jul 2011
Application Development Tools for IBM i
Along with the evolution of the IBM i platform, the tools and compilers for this operating system have also evolved. This article provides a quick overview of the Rational technologies that can help developers modernize and exploit the IBM i operating system.
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Articles 22 Jun 2011
Concurrently Move DB2 for i Tables and Indexes to Solid State Disks
Significant performance benefits can be achieved when DB2 for i indexes or tables reside on Solid State Disks (SSD). The Change Physical File Member (CHGPFM) and Change Logical File (CHGLFM) commands can now be used to concurrently move a member (or partition) of an index or table on or off SSD storage.
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Articles 13 Jun 2011
Invoking web services using RPG proxy
This article demonstrates how you can invoke a web service from an RPG application using a new feature of the integrated web services client for ILE - the ability to generate an RPG proxy (or stub).
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Articles 08 Jun 2011
Searching Spool Files and IFS Stream Files
This article will explain how to use OmniFind Text Search Server for DB2 for i to index and search IFS Stream files and Spool Files. This provides search capabilities for IBM i objects; similar to what is commonly available using web search engines.
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Articles 01 Jun 2011
Revolutionize your application and product support
The IBM Application Runtime Expert (ARE) is an exciting new product created exclusively for IBM i. ARE has the potential to make you re-think your entire approach to system management, application problem determination, product support, and testing.
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Articles 12 Apr 2011
PowerHA SystemMirror for i
PowerHA SystemMirror for i is low maintenance, easy to manage, and always ready to switch. Read about how PowerHA SystemMirror has a replication technology to fit every IBM i environment.
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Articles 12 Apr 2011
IBM i Performance Data Investigator
The Performance Data Investigator (PDI) is available with the IBM Systems Director Navigator Web console. Using PDI, you can do analysis of performance data from Collection Services, Job Watcher, Disk Watcher, and Performance Explorer. This article reviews the key features of PDI.
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Articles 12 Apr 2011
MERGE ahead
DB2 for i 7.1 includes support for the MERGE SQL statement. This article gives an overview of MERGE and includes examples showing how it can be used to simplify applications.
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Articles 12 Apr 2011
Next generation RPG documentation
The RPG language has many aspects to it that have survived the test of time, like it's ease of database access and simple modularity structure. But other areas of RPG have lagged behind, like the user interfacing layer and a modern approach to community documentation. This article will describe how you can use RPG to build a modern interface that addresses the community supplied documentation need by combining new browser framework technology (for example, ExtJS) and existing back-end server software (such as, Apache, RPG and DB2 for i).
Articles 12 Apr 2011
How to boost application performance using Solid State Disk devices
This article provides an overview of Solid State Disks (SSDs), and how they can be implemented and used effectively on IBM i. It also discusses a simple method to determine and move potential frequently referenced objects to SSDs to take full advantage at the lowest cost of implementation.
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Articles 12 Apr 2011
Encryption enhancements: Field procedure support in DB2 for i 7.1
Column-level encryption support is one of the major headline DB2 features in the IBM i 7.1 release. The DB2 for i 7.1 support enables transparent column-level encryption implementations with a field-level exit routine known as a field procedure. Discover how this exciting support allows developers to more easily and flexibly build a secure application.
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Articles 06 Jan 2011
Accelerate Hibernate and iBATIS applications using pureQuery, Part 2: Using the IBM Integration Module for iBATIS and pureQuery
When extended with the downloadable IBM Integration Module, the IBM Optim pureQuery Runtime simplifies the process of generating DB2 static SQL for Hibernate and iBATIS applications. It does this without requiring you to make changes to your application code or to gather SQL from production workloads. The Optim pureQuery Runtime also enables Hibernate and iBATIS applications that access DB2 or Informix to benefit from the heterogeneous batching feature in pureQuery. With the heterogeneous batching feature, you can batch multiple INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE requests before sending them across the network, even when the requests reference multiple tables. This article is part two of a two-part series. It describes using the IBM Integration Module with iBATIS applications. This article includes a downloadable sample application that illustrates how you can easily enable static SQL and heterogeneous batch functions with iBATIS applications. Part one of the series focuses on Hibernate applications.
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Articles 16 Sep 2010
What's new: Rational Developer for Power Systems Software version 7.5
The article describes what is new in version 7.5 of IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software and gives an overview of the basic functions. This is the follow-on product for IBM Rational Developer for IBM i software.
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Articles 30 Aug 2010
Process your DB2 for i indexes in parallel
With DB2 for i, parallel processing is useful for more than just queries. Batch processing, data loads, and index builds can all occur much faster if you use multiple processors to do that work. [2010 Aug 19: The author updated this article with content based on enhancements in DB2 for i Version 7.1. --Ed.]
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Articles 19 Aug 2010
What's new: DB2 for i 7.1
The latest version of IBM DB2 for i boasts a trunkload of features designed to make your job easier. This overview article highlights some of the most interesting enhancements in DB2 for i 7.1, including adaptive performance tuning via Adaptive Query Processing (AQP), a real-time self-tuning engine, additional SQL features, and improved encryption integration that does not require additional coding.
Articles 30 Apr 2010
Maximize SQE usage with DDS-created DB2 for i databases
Applications utilizing SQL experience the best performance when processed by the DB2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE). However, your use of SQE may be hampered if your database uses keyed logical files containing select/omit criteria. This article describes how you can use the IGNORE_DERIVED_INDEX query options attribute to maximize the use of the SQL Query Engine with databases that contain keyed logical files.
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Articles 14 Jan 2010
Gauge SQE use in DB2 for i 6.1
This article explains how to collect a SQL Performance Monitor and understand how many of the SQL queries are using SQE and why other SQL statements continue to use CQE. SQE is the strategic query engine on DB2 for i, with better performance, scaling and tooling such as the SQL Plan Cache.
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Articles 22 Nov 2009
Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications
This summary of the common SQL application features is a quick reference for application developers who need to understand the frequently used features and functions across platforms.
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Articles 09 Mar 2009
Use SQL descriptors to extend DB2 for i database applications
The SQLDA (SQL descriptor area) is the tried and true mechanism for SQL applications to provide and receive detail and data. The SQLDA was not designed to accommodate many of the recent extensions, attributes, and capabilities found within IBM DB2 for i. The SQL descriptor support was added to DB2 for i on V5R4. Discover how this exciting extension to the SQL support allows application programs new ways to solve problems under the comforting umbrella of the DB2 standardized solution.
Articles 05 Nov 2008
IBM DB2 for i 6.1 -- Sophistication simplified
The IBM DB2 for i 6.1 enhancements provide a great foundation for taking your business solutions to new levels. In this article, discover how IBM has delivered the new, sophisticated technology while still maintaining the easy-to-use nature of DB2 for i that has spoiled developers and administrators through the years.
Articles 12 Jun 2008
Increase productivity in Java database development with new IBM pureQuery tools, Part 2: Detect and fix SQL problems inside Java program
With IBM pureQuery technology and tools, detect various problems as you code SQL inside your Java program. Boost productivity developing database applications under different scenarios during a product development and deployment cycle, and customize SQL validation to your needs.
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Articles 20 Sep 2007
Automate the Migration to DB2 and IDS Using the IBM Migration Toolkit
The no-charge IBM Migration Toolkit can simplify and improve your migration to DB2 Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, DB2 on iSeries, DB2 on z/OS, and Informix Dynamic Server. This migration utility provides a wizard, an easy-to-use graphical interface with only five steps, as well as a command line interface to help you quickly convert existing Oracle, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), Sybase SQL Anywhere (ASA), and Microsoft SQL Server database objects to DB2 Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, DB2 on iSeries, DB2 on z/OS, and IDS.
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Articles 23 Aug 2007
Managing DB2 for i5/OS schemas and journals
Many System i developers are starting to use SQL to create their database objects instead of the proprietary non-SQL interfaces. This article will show you how to use a schema with DB2 for i5/OS to group related database objects. This article, formerly entitled "Managing DB2 UDB for iSeries Schemas and Journals", has been updated for DB2 for i5/OS.
Articles 10 Jul 2007
Simplify DB2 for i5/OS index advice
DB2 for i5/OS on V5R4 has been enhanced to include an index advice condenser feature to simplify the analysis of index advice from the query optimizer. Much of the raw index advice generated by DB2 has some redundancy and overlap that should be considered when creating indexes based on the advice. This article explains how the new index advisor condenser simplifies this task as well as the interfaces available for using the ondenser..
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Articles 25 Jan 2007
Handle distributed transactions with federated two-phase commit in WebSphere Federation Server Version 9.1
So, what's new in the distributed transaction processing area? Federated two-phase commit, a new feature in WebSphere Federation Server Version 9.1 that enables multi-site updates in a distributed transaction environment. Learn how this feature provides location transparency, transaction coordination, error recovery during two-phase commit, resynchronization, and performs indoubt transaction resolution manually.
Articles 30 Nov 2006
Score optimization goals with SQL performance on DB2 for i5/OS
Implement the new performance tuning enhancement in the CLI. As an added benefit, you will have to leverage iSeries Navigator's Performance Monitor feature to analyze any query's optimization goal.
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Articles 16 Nov 2006
Reviewing DB2 for i5/OS query optimizer and database engine feedback mechanisms
Learn how DB2(R) implements requests using various database feedback mechanisms, and understand how the database engine works. Compare the use of Visual Explain with the use of the database monitors or the SQE Plan Cache, and learn when to use which mechanism. Use DB2 for i5/OS(R) to ask for and receive feedback on demand. Then use the iSeries(TM) Navigator to analyze, understand, and tune SQL requests.
Articles 09 Nov 2006
Use PHP scripts to access DB2 UDB for iSeries data with Zend Core for i5/OS
Learn about PHP database application development on i5/OS using the Zend Core for i5/OS product. Also, learn how to install Zend Core, and deploy and run a PHP script to access data stored in a DB2 UDB for iSeries database.
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Articles 06 Jul 2006
Leverage the Spatial Extender: Creating an automatically maintained spatial table from latitude-longitude column data (DB2 Edition)
To take full advantage of the spatial intelligence in your data, turn the separate numeric columns containing coordinate data into a single spatial column, so you can display the locations on a map and analyze spatial relationships using a Geographic Information System (GIS) or the DB2 Spatial Extender. This article shows you how to create and maintain such a column and covers all the aspects of this simple process, including map projections, spatial indexing, and error handling. As an application example, it shows how to perform simple, distance-based queries. Sample code included.
Articles 13 Apr 2006
DB2 UDB for Visual Studio 2005 developers, Part 1: Overview of IBM Database Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005
IBM has announced and introduced DB2 tools for Visual Studio 2005 to allow rapid application development, database schema development, and debugging along with numerous other new features. The functionality enables you to build applications for the DB2 family of databases without writing a single line of code, to create and alter complex database objects using designers, and to debug SQL procedures for a range of DB2 platforms. IBM tooling is available on all of the Visual Studio 2005 editions or Visual Studio 2005 team editions. This article provides an overview of the new functionality provided by IBM for Visual Studio 2005.
Articles 08 Dec 2005
Using the Java JoinRowSet implementation with DB2 UDB
The efforts of JSR114 bring you the offering of serializable disconnected objects in Java 1.5. With these objects, you can connect to a DB2 UDB database and grab data locally. You can then release your database connection and manipulate the data offline. At a later time, you can reconnect to your database and synchronize changes made to the disconnected objects. In this article, I will show you how you can perform offline JOIN operations on your DB2 Universal Database data using the JoinRowSet interface. Sample code included.
Articles 07 Jul 2005
Understanding DB2 Universal Database character conversion
Learn how DB2 UDB handles character conversion. This article starts with a discussion of basic character code concepts including code pages, code points, and encoding schemes, followed by a more detailed explanation about how code pages are set, and how the character conversion occurs. The article presents some generic scenarios and examples for ease of understanding.
Articles 09 Jun 2005
An introduction to IBM DB2 Connect: It's more than meets the eye: DB2 Connect unifies access to distributed, heterogeneous data
DB2 Connect has become the choice method for opening up DB2 for z/OS databases and all of the traditional recognized benefits of the zSeries hardware platform to the world of applications that run off the mainframe -- namely, distributed applications. This is the second article in a two part series that will give you an introduction into the ability for DB2 Connect to provide unified access to distributed heterogeneous data. This capability greatly enhances your ability to deliver on demand solutions.
Articles 14 Apr 2005
The Big Picture: DB2 and Visual Studio .NET
Want an overview of the DB2 UDB V8.2 Development Add-In and managed provider for the Microsoft .NET platform? Learn about the key new RAD features, DB2 database project, the rich scripting wizards, and the CLR stored procedures support that are tightly integrated into the Visual Studio .NET IDE and see how they will simplify your application development tasks.
Articles 17 Feb 2005
DB2 UDB, WebSphere, and iBATIS
Learn how to use iBATIS in Java applications and J2EE applications. This article covers the iBATIS syntax, accessing data sources, setting up WebSphere Studio projects to support iBATIS, and querying DB2 using iBATIS.
Articles 03 Feb 2005
Convert a Universal Time Coordinated timestamp in DB2 Universal Database
This article describes a Java implementation for a DB2 UDB user-defined function that takes as input two parameters, a UTC timestamp and a locale name, and returns the timestamp equivalent in the new locale. Sample code included.
Articles 29 Jul 2004
DB2 UDB for iSeries cursor sensitivity enhancements
Kent Milligan explains what cursor sensitivity is and how it's programmatically controlled on DB2 UDB for iSeries. In addition, the article covers the performance impacts of using the different cursor sensitivity settings.
Articles 11 Mar 2004
Working with DB2 Universal Database tables using ASP.NET Web Services written in Delphi 8 for .NET
This article shows how to extend an ASP.NET Web Service application (covered in a previous article) to let clients update the database.
Articles 04 Mar 2004
Using Delphi for .NET to design an object model for a DB2 database
This article demonstrates how to use the Architect edition of Borland Delphi 8 for the Microsoft .NET Framework, and specifically the functionality found in the Borland Enterprise Core Objects section, to design an Object Model that is made persistent inside the DB2 UDB SAMPLE database.
Articles 29 Jan 2004

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