TUG Buzz! for May 11, 2016


  1. TUG MoM - Register now for May meeting of members
  2. TUG TEC 2016 - >TEC Speaker profile: Robert Bestgen
  3. TUG Golf 2016 - Book your Foursome Now
  4. iDev Cloud - Free Start Up

Registration is open for the May Meeting of Members at the Monte Carlo Inn, Downtown Markham on Wednesday May 25, 2016. (Same location and date as the first day of TEC 2016.)

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

Agenda: 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Registration
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Buffet Dinner
6:30 - 8:45-pm - What's new in RPG 7.3

Register for the TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg.html

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Barbara MorrisSpeaker: Barbara Morris (IBM Canada)

Barbara Morris is the lead developer for the WDS compilers in the IBM Toronto Lab. She has been working on the RPG compilers since she started at IBM in 1989 after receiving a Computing Science degree from the University of Alberta. The first enhancement she developed was the ENDIF/ENDDO opcodes for RPG/400 in V2R1. Some of her more recent enhancements were Open Access: RPG Edition in 6.1 and the ability to sort and search data structure arrays in 7.1. Some of the other notable enhancements that she developed for RPG include subprocedures, qualified data structures, call-interaction with Java, and V5R4's native XML processing op-codes.

Barbara is a regular participant in several online RPG forums, and has published many articles about RPG.

6:30 Session:

What's New for RPG in 7.3

  • Abstract:

    Find out about what's new in RPG.

    Some enhancements are already available through PTFs:

    • Even more freedom for RPG code
    • Full support for ALIAS names in files
    • Easier to use data structures for I/O
    • Easier to work with the PCML that the compiler generates

    Some enhancements are only for 7.3:

    • %SCANR: scan-reverse built-in function
    • Usability improvements for handling null-values
    • And more ...

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TUG TEC 2016 "TEC it to the Limit"

23nd Annual Technical Education Conference Wednesday May 25 & Thursday May 26, 2016 • this year at a new venue:  SAVOY Conference Centre (Monte Carlo Inn) 7255 Warden Avenue in Markham. We will feature the "cream of the crop" -- only the very best IBMi technical speakers, including Jon Paris and Susan Gantner.

Featured TEC 2016 speaker: Robert BestgenRobert Bestgen

Rob Bestgen is DB2 for i architect and consultant working in the heart of the IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN.

As chief architect of the DB2 SQL Query Engine (SQE) for DB2 for i, he has directed the team in providing SQE's numerous industry leading capabilities.

Rob is also product development manager for DB2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Rob is a proud member of the DB2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of DB2 i and IBM i.

He is a frequent presenter at customer briefings and customer conferences both domestically and internationally.

Rob's Sessions:
    • DB2 for i - What's New
    • Writing SQL Stored Procedures and Functions
    • DB2 Web Query: From Query/400 to Full Scale Data Warehouse Solutions
    • DB2 for i Temp Tables and their proper usage
    • Advanced SQL Topics
    • The Science and Art of (Database) Indexes


Register for TEC2016 at: www.tug.ca/tec/Reg

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 May 6, 2016

  TEC 2016 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:

    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i  
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

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Register (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at:
www.tug.ca/tec/SponsorRegForm.php Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/TEC2016_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2016 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2016_brochure.pdf Read More


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TUG Golf Tournament

On Monday June 27th, 2016 we are back at St. Andrews Valley Golf Club in Aurora for the 28th Annual TUG Charity Golf Classic. We need 80 players to secure a Shotgun Start, so give us your support by booking early. Registration is now open at www.tug.ca/reg_golf.php..

Proceeds to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


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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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