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January 07, 2011


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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 26th year of operation.


Welcome to TUG's eNewsletter: "TUG Buzz!"


  1. TUG Night School - Winter/Spring 2011 Offerings
  2. Next MoM January 20, at the LAC Mississauga
  3. TUG TEC 20ii Conference - April 27 & 28 "In the Zone"

TUG Night School "Winter/Spring 2011" Offerings

(Seneca@York. Start time is 7:00pm for all classes)

Vic MetcalfeDear Colleagues:

I just returned from a faculty meeting with the Computer Programming and Analysis faculty at Seneca College and the evidence is very clear…  The most in-demand skills in the market are related to dynamic Website  development. That’s HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP on the client; and Web Services, PHP, and Java.

That just reiterated to me how our TUG Night School 2011 Winter offerings hit the bulls-eye for those serious about expanding and upgrading their programming skills.

Even though the title WEB101 sounds simple and innocuous, the class taught by Vic Metcalfe starting Wednesday next week features all of the HTML5 and CSS basics upon which all of the other dynamic Web development themes hinge. This class is outstanding and a cornerstone for advancement. Contact mark@tug.ca if you want to sample this class before deciding further. Since its starts next Wednesday, time is running out.

The TUG Night School WEB101 three-week class will make it so much easier to learn PHP, Java, JavaScript and other subsequent development languages. We can’t emphasize enough how unique special the opportunity is to be taught by Vic!


Mark R. Buchner
Toronto Users Group

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Start End Classes Instructor Tuition
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  Linux   LIN101 Intro Linux Mon 10-Jan 24-Jan 3 Mark Buchner $150 / $200
  HTML   WEB101 HTML/CSS Wed 12-Jan 26-Jan 3 Vic Metcalfe $300 / $400
  PHP   PHP101 PHP Mon 7-Feb 21-Mar 6 Vic Metcalfe $600 / $750
  Rational   RDP101 Rational Dev Wed 9-Feb 9-Mar 5 Claus Weiss $350 / $450
  Web Dev   RWS201 RPG Web Srv Wed 23-Mar 20-Apr 5 Claus Weiss $650 / $800
  OOP   OOP201 Object Oriented Mon 4-Apr 25-Apr 4 Garry Kipfer $650 / $800


Detailed course abstracts at http://tug.ca/TNS/
Register for TUG Night School at http://www.tug.ca/tns/TNSReg.html

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TUG Meeting of Members
Thursday January 20, 2011

Back by popular demand...

John de Roos, Partner Solutions Architect, Research in Motion Limited

We are very pleased to welcome RIM back to TUG at our next TUG MOM on January 20th. Please note that this is a Thursday meeting (a departure from usual penultimate Wednesday night). In addition to trends and directions for the Blackberry, we plan to address two topics, and have the sessions be of equal interest and value to IBM systems users, whether you are developers or operators, AIX, i, or Linux!

Register for the MoM at www.tug.ca/t_agenda.html


5:00 Session - What’s new at RIM?

  • Latest devices including phones, PlayBook
  • BlackBerry and RIM futures
  • Competitve landscape (why BlackBerry is better than Android or iphone)

6:00 Intermission (Buffet Dinner & Networking)

7:00 Session - How do I develop BlackBerry apps?

  • HTML development trends
  • Java, J2ME trends
  • Tools such as Kryos
  • Contrast development style to iPhone, Android
  • Development Architecture highlights inclding security, performance etc.
  • How to integrate to IBM i

John de Roos
is a Partner Solutions Architect at Research In Motion. He is part of the Alliances Team assisting Service Providers to create, maintain, and expand BlackBerry deployments for their customers—engaging them in architectural and design discussions as well as communicating RIM's product direction. Prior to his current position, he was a manager of the Investment IT group at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for 12 years, where he managed successful development projects, steered the launch and delivery of a wide range of technologies, managed the IT relationships and expectations of investment staff, and built teams and departments.

John has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in of Business Administration (HBA), from the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO, and has worked at Apertus Technologies Inc.  an SNA to TCPIP solutions company, London Life Insurance Company as an Network Specialist, Wellington Insurance Company as a Senior Business Systems Integrator, SHL SystemHouse/ComputerLand, and Procter and Gamble Inc.

John lives with his three sons in Aurora, Ontario; and was recently honored with a community service award for over 10 years of coaching soccer and hockey.

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What topics would you like to see at future conferences and MoMs?   Drop us a line with your suggestions at: leo@tug.ca.

Mark your calendars: Weds April 27 & Thurs April 28, 2011

Our 18th annual technical conference will be held for the second time at Seneca College on the York University campus.

Keep an eye on the TUG website for speakers, topics, and session grids.


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