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TUG Buzz! for March 20, 2017


TUG's TEC 2017 "TEC the i Train", will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 and 3, 2017 -- for the second time at the SAVOY Conference Centre (Monte Carlo Inn) 7255 Warden Avenue in Markham. We will feature the "cream of the crop" -- only the very best IBM i technical speakers.

Featured TEC 2017 speaker: Jon ParisJon Paris

Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.>

In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing AS/400 and iSeries application development skills.

Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON.

Early BirdTake advantage of our Early Bird pricing before March 31st! Register now to save $100 per person!

Register for TEC2017 at:

Conference Prices:

    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
    Early Bird Discount:
        TUG members save $100 on a full conference registration
        until March 31, 2017.

TEC 2017 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: Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: Read More

Download the TEC 2017 conference brochure (PDF) at: Read More


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March TUG Meeting of Members

March 29th 2017.        

LOCATION: The Monte Carlo Inn & Suites, Downtown Markham
7255 Warden Ave (at Denison Street) Markham, Ontario L3R 1B4

Jesse Goezinski



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

SPEAKER: Jesse Gorzinski
Business Architect of open source technologies, IBM i development lab in Rochester, MN.


4 pm Registration
5 pm

Session 1: Overview of Open Source & Tools for OpenSource on IBM i
Are you interested in running Open Source on IBM i? This could mean compiling your own utilities, trying a new open-source language, or using some of the other tools that were shipped in the 5733OPS more.

6 pm Buffet Dinner
7 pm

Session 2: (Note: Topic Change)
Building Python Web Applications with Bottle

Bottle is a lightweight web framework for building web applications. Python is an excellent language for web programming due to its flexibility and high-level functionality. .. more.

8:45 pm Wrap Up and Door Prize draw

Stay tuned to the TUG website for more information ...

Register for the next TUG MoM at:


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TUG Board Election

Have you thought of becoming a Director of TUG? Nominations are open from now through Friday March 24th for candidates interested in running for a Board seat during this year's general election. To enter, simply send an email to expressing your willingness to serve.

The following list of general principles should be considered by members seeking to become a TUG Director. TUG Directors are expected to:
     • Maintain active membership in TUG and keep their membership dues current
     • Attend at least 50% of TUG Board meetings and/or TUG events
     • Uphold and abide by the official bylaws of TUG
     • Act in a professional manner as a representative of TUG
     • Advocate on behalf of the IBM i platform

Candidates will be announced at the March 29th MoM. If there is a sufficient number of candidates, the election will take place by electronic ballot during the month of April, and the results will be announced at the May 24th AGM.

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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 to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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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 32nd year of operation.

TUG is the proud recipient of a 2016/ 2017 Maxava iFoundation grant.



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