TUG Buzz! for Thursday May 17, 2018


TUG May 2018 - Meeting of Members

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monte Carlo Inn, Markham Downtown

Susan Gantner

5:00 Session 1: - ILE Myths and Misconceptions

Speaker: Susan Gantner - (Partner400)

ILE seems to bring confusion with it. In this session, Susan will address some of the most often asked questions she has received on ILE topics - from modules, service programs and signatures to activation groups. She will also highlight some of the biggest pitfalls she has seen with ILE implementations - and how to avoid them. ..... read more.
Jon Paris

7:15 Session 2: - Tap Into RPG Open Source Options

Speaker: Jon Paris - (Partner400)

The world of open source has a lot to offer IBM I users. But while most of us know that languages like Java, PHP and Python offer wide ranging open source offerings, RPG open source projects are not as well known. In fact there are a number of RPG open source offerings, many of which open the door to using utilities written in other languages. .... read more.

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If you have been waiting for the TEC 2018 session grids to be complete, in order to decide which ones to attend --- your wait is over... Check out the detailed session grids here: Day 1 / Day 2.

"TUG's TEC 2018 "TEC it to the Limit", will take place Wednesday & Thursday, May 30 and 31. To celebrate our 25th TEC, your TEC committee has arranged for a special new venue (The Toronto Don Valley Hotel) and are inviting the world's top IBM i speakers. We will be providing sumptuous meals, digital handouts, free parking, and much more...

Doug MackFeatured TEC 2018 speaker: Jon Paris

After working on a variety of systems for over a dozen years, Jon was introduced to the System/38. This began a "love affair" that ultimately led him to join IBM's Toronto laboratory, working on the S/3X and AS/400 compilers. While with IBM 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 IBM i users with education and consulting services to enhance their application development skills.

Together with his partner Susan Gantner, Jon runs Partner400, a consulting company focused on application modernization on the IBM i platform. Partner400 are also one of the founding members of the System i Developer education consortium - hosts of the RPG & DB2 Summit events which are held twice annually.

Jon and Susan also co-authored IBM's Redbook for RPG programmers, entitled: Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV - A Sorcerer's Guide to System Access and More.

They are also technical editors for IBM Systems Magazine - IBM i Edition and you can follow Jon and Susan's blog at http://www.ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/idevelop

Jon's TEC 2018 Sessions:
    • 12A What's New in RPG?
    • 13A Advanced Data Structures ( * Now with Free-Form! )
    • 22A Processing and Creating JSON from RPG
    • 23A RPG Tips & Techniques
    • 25A Using Free Tools - By Example

Bring Your Manager!
    • Purchase four (4) full conference badges for team members.
    • Your CIO or IT Director may then attend at no charge.
    • CIO or IT Director must show business card to pick up badge.

Note: TUG members can take advantage of a $100 discount off the regular (non-member) admission fee.

Our developers are working on an enhancement to our new registration system which will allow you to sign on and register multiple people on a single order. However, for the time being, each attendee must create their own profile and register individually. Nevertheless, if you want multiple registrations to be combined on a single invoice, let us know and we will accomodate you. (Sorry for the temporary inconvenience.)

Register for TEC 2018 at: www.tug.ca/rep/signon.php

Conference Prices:

    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
 TEC 2018 PDF flyer

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

    • IBM i & RPG IV 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
    • Client Connectivity
    • Database Design & Normalization
    • Open Source Languages
    • Virtualization
    • IFS

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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/TEC2018_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2018 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/TEC2018_flyer.pdf Read More


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TUG Golf Tournament 2018

On Tuesday June 26th, 2018 we are back at St. Andrews Valley Golf Club in Aurora for the 30th Annual TUG Charity Golf Classic.

Register now at: www.tug.ca/golf

Proceeds to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

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TUG's New Meeting Registration System

We have a new system for registering for TUG meetings. You no longer have to enter your complete contact information every time you register for a TUG event. You just create a profile using your email address and create a password. Then, when you want to register for a TUG event, you simply sign on and click a checkbox beside the event you plan to attend. (Or, if you need to cancel, you uncheck that checkbox to unregister for the event.)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Follow the link to SIGN ON / REGISTER below, or on the TUG Web site main page, or on the TUG Agenda page.
  2. Click “CREATE PROFILE”, fill in your contact information, and click “ENTER”.

            (A verification email will be sent to the email address that you supplied.)

  1. Close the current window and follow the verify email link in order to activate your new account.
  2. Enter your email & password and click SIGN ON.
  3. You can now click on a checkbox beside an event for which you want to register.

            (For subsequent events, repeat steps 1, 4,  and 5 only.)


• For more information about an event, click the + sign beside the event.

• To see whether you are already registered for an event, sign on and look at the check box beside that event. If there is a check mark there – you are registered. If you are unable to attend, please make sure to cancel your registration (by unchecking the checkbox). Thus, you can help save our members’ money, by allowing us to make an accurate count of seats and meals required.

• At any time, you can sign on and EDIT your PROFILE.

• Optionally, you can add additional email(s) to your profile. This is a good idea because, in case one of your emails becomes inoperable – you can still sign on with an alternate email & password. (By the way, you can use the same password for multiple emails if you wish).

• The email(s) that you use to sign on do not affect your subscription to the TUG Buzz, or other email lists from TUG. This is a separate process. To subscribe, see “SUBSCRIBE TO TUG BUZZ” under the “FUNCTIONS” pull-down menu.

Phase II:

• We are currently wortking on Phase II enhancements. The main new feature to be incorporated will be the ability for a person with a profile to register other people for an event. (For example, you could register a foursome for Golf, or register multiple people for TEC, to be combined on a single invoice.) The registrant will receive an email to let them know who registered on their behalf.

• If you register someone who does not have a profile, that person can create a profile at a later date, and their registration info will be linked up with their profile info.

• For the time being, each person wanting to register for a TUG event will have to create their own profile. Sorry for the (temporary) inconvenience..

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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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