TUG Buzz! for March 4, 2015


  1. TEC2015 - Get IT Together ("This is my i") Featured Speaker: Susan Gantner
  2. March MoM - Steven Wolk
  3. iDev Cloud
  4. kickstarter project

Register now for TUG TEC 2015!

TUG TEC 2015 "This is my i"

22nd Annual Technical Education Conference
May 6-7, 2015 • Seneca @ York

Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing before March 31st!

Conference Prices

    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
    Early Bird Discounts:
        TUG members save $100 on a full conference registration
        until March 31st, 2015.

  TEC 2014 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. This year, once again, we will be conducting the event at the York University Keele Street Campus in conjunction with Seneca College, with a new and exciting agenda! We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i
    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

We have invited some of the industry’s top speakers, including: Alison Butterill, Scott Forstie, Susan Gantner, Charles Guarino, Birgitta Hauser, Barbara Morris, Jon Paris, Mike Pavlac, Nihal Perera, Dale Perkins, Edmond Reinhardt, Alan Seiden, Eric Simpson, John Valance, and more! *

* Speaker names subject to change. (Not all have confirmed their availability.)

Featured TEC 2015 speaker: Susan Gantner

Susan's career has spanned over 25 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system.

Susan worked in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on the AS/400.

Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting.Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on OS/400.

Susan is a regular speaker at COMMON conferences and other technical conferences around the world and holds a number of Speaker Excellence medals from COMMON.

Susan's Sessions:

    • Debugging with RDP/RDi
    • My Favorite Things about RSE
    • RPG Subprocedures Basics
    • RPG Subprocedures - Beyond the Basics

Register for TEC2015 at: www.tug.ca/tec/Reg

Register (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at:
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Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2015_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2015 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2015_brochure.pdf Read More


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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Meeting of Members

Admission: Free to all TUG members ($60 non-members)

Register for the next TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 (Note: change from March 18)
Schedule: 5:00 pm - Management by the Movies
6:30 pm - Social & buffet dinner
7:00 pm - Command Jeopardy
Meeting location: Living Arts Centre Mississauga

Speaker: Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk is the Chief Technology Officer for PC Richard & Son, a family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance and electronics superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Steve joined PC Richard & Son in 1986. In 2000, after working his way through a number of IT related roles, he assumed his current position as the company’s first CTO...

5:00 Session 1: Management by the Movies

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7:00 Session 2: Command Jeopardy

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iDev Cloud

Sign up now for iDevCloud! You will be able to:

  • Share between multiple developers
  • Get private library and storage
  • Have access to most of the IBM i development tools
  • Have all compilers for IBM i tools available

The Performance is monitored by system managers with adjustments as needed. The system is accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world. Just a computer and an internet connection are needed. Any work done on the system stays on the system until removed by its owner.

Contact Leo Lefebvre at leo@tug.ca to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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kickstarter project "Airport Runs" by former TUG/Seneca Student Award winner Ramone Burrell

I just wanted to give you a quick update regarding the idea I have been developing. The most fundamental features of the company site have been implemented and I have finalized the description of the kickstarter campaign around all these features. I would appreciate any feedback. 

I'm now in the process of reaching out to friends, family and companies though social media in order to reach a minimum of 100 subscribed backers within the next two months before I start the campaign. So, please spread the word to anyone who you believe might be interested. You can use the second link below to subscribe.



Ramone Burrell

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