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Heartbleed OpenSSL - looksoftware for IBM i

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on May 1, 2014 8:30:51 PM

Many of you have heard the discussions and somewhat panic, surrounding the Heartbleed security scare.

Therefore we thought a quick message to you all would ease those sleepless nights ;)

So, does the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw impact looksoftware’s products for your IBM i?

looksoftware’s development tools and deployment products are not impacted by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw.

IIS, which is used for lookserver deployment, does not, by default, utilize OpenSSL and is not impacted. Further information on IIS can be found here :

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Topics: IBM i

Migrating to version 10 of the looksoftware development suite

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Apr 10, 2014 12:30:00 PM




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

lookserver - Securing access to settings

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Dec 4, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Let's review the functions and settings to access useful resources with looksoftware and lookserver.

lookserver’s settings pages are used to configure lookserver (e.g. fonts, colors) as well as maintain lookserver (e.g. apply licenses and monitor license usage).

These functions are typically performed during the setup phase of lookserver or only used occasionally for monitoring usage. These functions are typically only performed by an administrator.

By default, the settings pages for all the latest releases of lookserver (9.1 and 10.0) can only be accessed from the Windows server console where lookserver is installed thereby preventing remote access however the following information will guide you through configuring lookserver to allow remote users to access lookserver’s settings.

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Topics: lookserver, looksoftware, Alison Butterill, Security

Hidden Gems with looksoftware - The Test Recorder

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Nov 14, 2013 8:25:13 PM


It's all about powerful functionality on your IBM i. Discover the strengths...

As a developer you will often be faced with a situation where you may not recall the reason why a particular host form override was created, or why a filter was added that searched for “ABC” and changed it to “XYZ”. This is most true when a project had been completed many months or years ago and you have a bad memory like me, but it even applies to those situations where you may not have been the original developer.

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Topics: Application Modernization, looksoftware

The looksoftware SDK

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Sep 20, 2013 1:18:00 AM


The looksoftware SDK is a packaged solution containing a large selection of samples showcasing commonly used and requested functionality.

These samples can be reused as-is or as starting points for your own projects.

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Topics: Application Modernization, Application Integration, soarchitect, newlook, IDE, SDK, looksoftware

Hidden Gems with looksoftware - Change History Management

Posted by Vas Mintzikos on Sep 18, 2013 1:25:00 AM

Hidden Gems: Part 1

With every major release of the looksoftware product suite a bunch of new features are made available. However we often find that some of those features are misunderstood, underutilized and occasionally overlooked to the detriment to both you, the developer, and the solutions you create.

As part of an ongoing series we plan to revisit the product features that historically have fallen into the "Hidden Gem" category.

The first of these underutilized features is Change History Management within the looksoftware IDE which we'll discuss in further detail.

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Topics: IBM i, soarchitect, newlook, IDE, looksoftware