Making time to learn new things: The iBelieve tour is back

Posted by Paul Hodgkinson on Oct 30, 2015 2:15:39 PM

Almost everyone I know in IT is busy.

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Topics: IBM i, Mobile, GUI, RPG Open Access, iBelieve, Application Modernization, ibmi, Optimization, RPG, Strategy, AS400

Time to manage and optimize your IBM i Applications

Posted by Sanat Dickson on Jan 10, 2015 1:37:15 AM

Time. Time is an essential component to the success of any project at hand within any business, particularly, the business of managing and optimizing your IBM i applications.

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Topics: Application Modernization, Optimization

A Fresche look at Modernizing Your IBM i UI, Applications and Database

Posted by Chris Koppe on Dec 4, 2014 10:10:00 PM

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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization, Application Integration

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

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

Posted by Sanat Dickson on Mar 28, 2014 1:51:44 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

Capturing IBM i Host Screens

Posted by Rasmiya Cader on Mar 11, 2014 1:53:20 AM

Capturing 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 6:58:00 PM

Time 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 8:19:51 PM

In 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

1000 screens to reface: where to start? Breaking large refacing projects into manageable chunks

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over the years many of the projects we have worked on with customers have been in the thousands of screens, some upwards of 8000, one around 10,000, often with sections being written by different people to different standards (for instance different F-keys for the same action app to app).

The first thing to do at the start of any project is take a breath. Never just dive in and 'start fixing stuff' without a plan.

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Topics: GUI, Application Modernization, newlook

Modernization Beyond the Technical Eye: Prepare for the Culture Change

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

First of all Happy New Year!

This is a difficult post for me to write. Even though the topic is something I am passionate about and know inside out, it is also the part of my job (and part of modernization) that people ignore and value the least, as per the feedback I get and see (or don't for the most part).

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization