The IBM i RPG Dude - Part 2 - Globalization

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Apr 18, 2014 10:30:00 AM

The second installment of the life of our RPG Dude - We continue with how multilingual globalization and RPGOA functionality has changed his life with IBM i GUI, rich desktop, mobile and browser using looksoftware's IDE.


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Pascal Polverini
Pascal Polverini
IBM i ISV Advisory Council


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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, looksoftware, DDS

The IBM i RPG Dude - Part 1 - Design

Posted by Pascal Polverini on Apr 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

A fun brief highlight of RPGOA and DDS functionality for the IBM i GUI, rich desktop, mobile and browser. See how the life of this RPG Dude has evolved with the integration of RPGOA and looksoftware's IDE.

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Topics: IBM i, RPG Open Access, looksoftware, DDS

Migrating to version 10 of the looksoftware development suite

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Apr 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM


Version 10 of the looksoftware development suite has many improvements over previous development environments and with those improvements come different approaches to accomplishing familiar tasks.

Most developers using or planning to use version 10 within their IBM i Development Environment, will be coming from earlier product versions, so this blog post will focus on the major changes you can expect to your development environment.

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization, Application Integration, advanced ibm i design tool, Windows, version 10, IBM i Development Environment

Success is a journey, not a destination. Deliver value with IBM i application modernization.

Posted by Sanat Dickson on Mar 28, 2014 12:51:44 AM

There are multiple aspects to the application modernization process, and also many varied means of implementation and delivery.

From extending the life of your existing applications, leveraging your business logic, developing new functionality, to taking advantage of today's mobile devices and the Cloud, there are so many options available.

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization, Business Logic, looksoftware, ibmi

It's the Circle Game for this IBM i -er

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Mar 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

laptop-social-media-iconsI was about to start with “Social media is all the rage”, but it’s really more of a culture and it is here to stay.  It’s the way to stay in touch and keep up with what we used to call our “social circle”. It's taken a while, and now many of us in the IBM i world share information across the community in this social way.

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Topics: IBM i, social media

Capturing IBM i Host Screens

Posted by Rasmiya Cader on Mar 11, 2014 12:53:20 AM

capturing-ibmi-host-screens-looksoftwareCapturing IBM i host screens

Often there will be a need to view and work with IBM i host screens offline when a live connection to the host is not available. In these instances looksoftware provides the facility to capture host screen information in a discrete file that can then be loaded offline. The captured host screens are stored with a file extension of (.nl).

Working offline removes the constraints of always having to have a live connection during development. nl host screen captures are a complete capture of the host screen information and therefore can be viewed in either GUI or emulator view. This is particularly useful for offline demonstrations and early development work.

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Topics: Application Modernization, ibmi

How to upgrade your looksoftware IBM i solutions

Posted by Yuliana Iskandar on Feb 24, 2014 5:58:00 PM

time_to_upgrade_looksoftware_IBMi_solutionsTime to upgrade your looksoftware solutions? Here are some things to consider when you are planning for an upgrade.

We often get requests from customers for upgrade documentation. We don’t normally prepare formal documentation for version upgrades as the process is fairly simple. 

Upgrading your IBM i machine:

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization, looksoftware

Top 10 User Interface Design tips

Posted by Nick Hampson on Feb 5, 2014 7:19:51 PM

top10-blog-graphics-nick-hampsonIn my top 10, I have resisted the urge to cover everything I thought was important or it would probably have become a "Top 326 tips".

That said, here are some of the core things to think about; the thought process, modern paradigms and so on.


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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization, User Interface

RPG All Grown Up

Posted by Brad Suther on Jan 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

challenges-rpg-imageIt’s about 4:20 on a sunny Saturday afternoon and I’m blogging today from a comfortable spot in a little joint called Suther Home Wine Closet (motto: “Stiff Food/Hot Drinks”). The service strikes me as slow until you factor in that it’s self-serve.

Anyway, the lovely weather reminded me of a recent customer site visit where I mentioned that we’re not restricted to 6 character field names like we are in RPG. One of the developers laughed (in my mind his laugh was “maniacal” -- but I might be shading that) and said “Man, it has been a long time since you wrote any RPG.” And, you know what? He’s right.

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Topics: RPG Open Access, Open Display Files

Cloudy With a Chance of …

Posted by Pete Isaksson on Jan 13, 2014 4:01:21 PM

… You were thinking meatballs, right?

If you weren’t thinking meatballs, it refers to a children’s tale about a fictional character, Flint Lockwood, who invents a machine that transforms water into food, called the "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" - FLDSMDFR for short.   I first thought FLDSMDFR was an IBM system command but it’s actually an imaginary food cloud that rains flavorful things.  The FLDSMDFR eventually runs amok, as many well intentioned creations do, but we’re not going to address that here.

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Topics: Mobile, cloud

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