Notes from Rational Support
Building on the success of 2010's Meet the Peeps interview series, we are thrilled to announce our 2011 program which we hope becomes just as successful with your participation and support!
"What's your take on that" is an English-language idiom which asks someone for their opinion and ideas.
Our new 2011 "What's Your Take?" Friday morning blog series will ask and publish a question a week along with a handful of relevant, and thought-provoking answers from Rational Client Support colleagues. We'd love to see this generate discussion and interaction from both internal employees and external clients alike.
That said, let's jump right into our first question of the series:
We asked "Is there any technology that you think should get more respect and adoption but does not?"
Bill Penny, an RCS Knowledge Manager, spoke up and noted: I would have loved to see Google Wave completely replace Gmail (or in more general terms, replace E-MAIL). The wave is how e-mail would have been created had we've known then what we know now. Alas, the dark shadow that is e-mail has a strangle hold on us and migrating to anything different is going to take a revolution of epic proportion.
Cleber Neumann Ribeiro, a Support Manager, agreed with Bill but hadn't used Google Wave. As an addition, though, he also added that a way to integrate our tools and centralize information would save a lot of time.
Jason O'Donnell, another RCS Knowledge Manager (yup, that's me), chimed in at one point and noted that outside of the software realm, I'd like to see solar tech garner more respect and adoption. At present, science seems to be making strides to improving scale of size and cost, but the technology still struggles with the stigma of being an 'alternative' source of energy. There's no reason why solar can't at least become a standard supplemental source, if the environment won't support it as a primary. Solar power is not a flower-power era pipe dream, it is in fact a viable source for sustainable energy today. While it is creeping into commonplace in some installations (think call-boxes on the side of highways with solar panels to help power them), it still seems to be relegated to institutional usage and not yet in the mainstream consumer marketplace. A few more significant adopters, a reduction in cost to the consumer, and a shift in respect towards the technology would go far in bringing the world towards achieving reduction in reliance on fossil fuels and becoming a truly 'smarter planet'.
Pedro Luiz Teixeira De Moura, a Software Developer within Rational Support, also agreed and tossed in his take on solar tech saying: During millions of years nature has used solar energy, but we don't use this kind of energy as best as we could. The human race needs to improve our efforts to use solar energy on buildings, cars, computers, mobiles, and more.
So, you've read our quick thoughts on the tech which we think should get more respect and adoption, now... what's YOUR take? Let us know in the comments below
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As many of us are in the last weeks of summer break, getting ready to head back to school or get the kids ready, we're still pushing headlong forwards to make sure you get the best information you need to get your job done and get it done right the first time. Our awesome developerWorks authors are always focused on producing the right information you need... so here you go, the following articles and trials went live last week on developerWorks Rational:
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Hope you find it informative, fun and a valuable resource.
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Here's an article which may have flown under your radar if you only watch developerWorks Rational. This one comes to you from the developerWorks IBM i Technical Library and covers some great technical details covering database modernization from DDS to SQL with 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. Converting a program to use advanced SQL techniques involved extensive program modifications or total rewrites, until now. With the addition of Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, advanced SQL coding techniques can be utilized by adding as little as 1 line of code to an existing RPG 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.
About the Author: Daniel R. Cruikshank, Senior Consultant, IBM
Dan has over 39 years experience in the IT industry, predominantly IBM Rochester systems and RPG. Dan also has over 20 years of SQL experience. He currently teaches DB2 for i Optimization and Data Centric Programming techniques utilizing embedded SQL. Dan specializes in application performance troubleshooting and database reengineering.