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The Toronto Users Group  
 for Power Systems (TUG) is a user group/forum for the exchange of ideas, and specializes in providing affordable education relating to the IBM iSeries, AS/400, System i, and Power Systems platforms.
 TUG is in its 24th year of operation.

EVENT:          TUG Meeting of Members (MoM)
DATE:             Wednesday, January 28, 2009
                                    Registration: 4:30 pm
                                    Meeting Starts at 5:00 pm
LOCATION:    Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
                           600 Highway 7 east (at Leslie)
                           Richmond Hill, Ontario  L4B 1B2 Canada
ADMISSION:   Free to all TUG members 
                           (Plus: FREE underground parking)


   Time              Topic
    5:00 pm        Application Modernization Strategies:
                            From Web Enablement
                            to New Application Development
    6:00 pm        Intermission & Networking (Complimentary Buffet)
    7:00 pm        New Tricks for Old RPG Dogs

Jon Paris and Susan Gantner
Jon and Susan make up Partner400, a consulting company focused education and mentoring services in the Application Modernization arena on the IBM i platform. Together with a small group of industry experts, they co-authored IBM's latest Redbook for RPG programmers, entitled: Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV - A Sorcerer's Guide to System Access and More. Jon and Susan are also part of System i Developer, a consortium of System i educators and the hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit conferences. Check out for more information.

Application Modernization Strategies:
From Web Enablement to New Application Development

5:00 pm Session Abstract
There are many modernization options available to IBM i users these days. So many in fact that it is hardly surprising that many have become frozen like deer in the headlights — unable to move for fear of making a wrong decision. In our opinion there is only one bad decision — to do nothing. There is no silver bullet, and the likelihood is that there never will be. The simple fact is that not everyone needs to redo all of their existing applications. Sometimes simply web enabling some of your RPG or COBOL applications makes the most sense for your business, and that is important in a time where budgets and time are scarce commodities. In this session we will discuss the many different ways in which you can move your applications forward. Topics to be covered include:
- New uses for old code (web services, stored procedures, office integration and more)
- Options for creating new web applications (RPG CGI, Java, PHP, etc.)
- Options for providing a browser-based interface to existing green screen applications (re-engineering, refacing, etc.)

TUG Meeting of Members (MoM)
Intermission — 6:00 pm  
Mingle and network with professional colleagues.

  • Enjoy our complimentary buffet dinner.
  • Limited seating  
  • REGISTER with the TUG office of your intention to participate, to be guaranteed a seat.
  • You can call, fax, or use the TUG website to register, (stating: name, company, phone number, and number attending).  

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New Tricks for Old RPG Dogs
7:00 pm Session Abstract
Are you really using RPG IV? Or are you using it as a prettier RPG/400? In this session, learn about some of the lesser-used features of the RPG IV language. Take advantage of little-known and often poorly documented RPG language features, including D-spec Discoveries, indicatorless RPG programming, H-spec power, special files, conditional compile directives and more. Come to this session to see what you may be missing, even if you’ve been coding in RPG IV for years.

Jon’s background
After 13 years of experience with “other” systems Jon fell in love with the System/38. This love affair ultimately led him to join IBM’s Toronto laboratory, working on the S/3X and AS/400 compilers. He played a major role in the definition of the RPG IV language and in promoting its use. Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on providing OS/400 Application Development skills education. Together with Susan Gantner he runs Partner400 and appears regularly at many technical conferences, including System i Developer’s RPG & DB2 Summit.

Susan’s background
Beginning her career as a programmer for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, Susan joined IBM in 1985 as a System/38 specialist. She moved to the IBM Rochester laboratory and later to the IBM Toronto laboratory, providing technical support and education for application developers. Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting. Together with Jon Paris, she now runs Partner400, and appears regularly at many technical conferences, including System i Developer’s RPG & DB2 Summit.

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