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Chris Maxcer is iPro Developer Content Strategy Director for Penton. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter @PowerMaxcer.

April 2014: DB2 for i Data Access with Linux
April 2014: DB2 for i with Linux, PowerRuby, and More 
Our April 2014 issue features articles on DB2 for i data access with Linux, PowerRuby, System Limits on DB2 for i, and modernization. Read on for the details!
March 2014: Teach Your Old DB2 New Tricks
March 2014: DB2 for i, Free-Form RPG, and More 
Our March 2014 issue features articles on DB2 for i enhancements, free-form RPG, generating CSV files with RPG, and more. Read on for the details!
Quadrant Software Acquires BCD and ExcelSystems 
Big news breaks today: Quadrant Software has acquired Business Computer Design (BCD) and its long-time software development partner, ExcelSystems Software Development (ESDI).
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February 2014: DDS to SQL Conversion, Rails on IBM i, Modernization, and More 
Check out the February issue of iPro Developer for in-depth articles on DDS to SQL conversion, Rails on IBM i, adding CSS and HTML5 to web apps, and a lot more!
January 2014: PowerRuby, Modernization, Debugging, and More 
Check out the January issue of iPro Developer for in-depth articles on PowerRuby, building a CGIDEV2 application, modernization for IBM i, and a lot more!
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PowerRuby Brings Enterprise Ruby on Rails Support to IBM i 
IBM and PowerRuby Inc. have announced the release of the industry’s first commercially supported port of the Ruby language and Rails web framework to IBM i. PowerRuby, currently in beta, will be offered as a free community download to be installed on customer machines and is available from
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How to Build Mobile Web Apps with RPG: The Fast, Easy, and Crazy Pretty Q&A 
There are a lot of different ways to deliver mobile web applications, but the most straightforward method for RPG programmers and IBM i developers might very well be using an old standby -- CGIDEV2 -- with a fresh buddy -- jQuery Mobile framework. If you put these two free tools together, you can avoid a lot of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Fortunately, Craig Pelkie, puts it all together and steps you through the process.
How to Use Microsoft SQL Server 'Voodoo Magic' to Control Your Destiny Q&A 
Despite the inherent awesomeness of developing directly for IBM i and its built-in database, the world has branched out, sometimes into dark and confusing places. Take Microsoft SQL Server for instance.
PHP Performance: Alan Seiden Answers Our Qs  2
Is there anything about PHP – or how it tends to be deployed – that makes it particularly at risk to suffer from performance problems? Or are PHP applications just more likely to be deployed widely and therefore face tougher expectations for performance?
SQL e-Class Autocorrect "Fail"
SQL Autocorrect Fail [Infographic] 
What happens when a potential "Intro to SQL" e-class student starts asking questions via text messaging? A smartphone autocorrect fail, of course. . . .
SQL Awesomeness Explained: Paul Tuohy Answers Our Qs 
Is SQL really the "fast path" to faster application development? Answer: "Definitely. In a number of areas. Mastering SQL means that a lot of 'grunt data manipulation' work that we currently do in our programs can now be handled by the database."
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Missing COMMON in Austin? Three Videos Share the Love 

For those of you stuck at home who are feeling left out of the COMMON conference in Austin this week, here's a trio of videos that will bring you a little closer to the IBM i world. The first is an retrospective video from IBM featuring Dr. Frank Soltis, and it shares the very beginnings of the IBM i -- the AS/400.

Welcome to the New!  15
Faithful readers have seen our web site transform over the last 15 years, and while there's been some bumps and bruises in the last decade, I'm pleased to welcome you to the new
Have Migration Factory, Will Travel 
IBM's Migration Factory has been striding into town and collecting competitive migrations for IBM Power Systems.
How to Forge a New Identity with POWER 
When IBM integrated its System i and System p lines of servers into a single Power Systems lineup in 2008, it did far more than simplify its cost to develop the POWER-based architecture and system solutions. As a consequence, IBM ripped apart the identities of some of its most loyal fans. The question, of course, is how to rebuild those identities. . . .
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