THIS ISSUE REALLY IS cool. From the cover art to all the articles full of tips and techniques, we think we've put together a great holiday gift for you. You'll find many of your favorite authors sharing their coolest thoughts, tips, and features about their areas of expertise.
We start with Gary Guthrie's 5 Cool Things About RPG. Gary focuses on cool data structure features that have the power to change the way you code. Mel Beckman, in 5 Cool Things About TCP/IP, calls TCP/IP "a singular achievement in the annals of computer science." His top five cool features give you insight into TCP/IP's power and beauty.
Next, you'll read about all kinds of cool enhancements in 6 Cool Things About Linux on iSeries (including dynamic configuration changes), 4 Cool Things About DB2 UDB in V5R2 (including the ability to pass result sets between servers), and 5 Cool Things About Notes and Domino 6 (including improved enterprise directory integration).
Don Denoncourt shares At Least 5 Cool Things About Java. Don thinks programming in Java is the coolest way to code. Bill Shaffer's 4 Cool Printing Tips and Techniques will help you create and deliver documents in new and improved ways. In 5 Cool Things You Can Do with ODBC, Mike Otey reminds us that ODBC is one of the most powerful tools in Windows for accessing heterogeneous databases. And we make sure you have all the necessary tools at your disposal to keep your systems safe and secure with 5 Cool Ways to Safeguard System Security.
THE OTHER ARTICLES in this issue are cool, too! A Shell Scripting Tutorial teaches you how Qshell works and what it can do for you. And find out how the Compare and Update Fixes Wizard Improves in V5R2. It is now easier than ever for system administrators to keep the installed PTFs synchronized in their networked systems.
Last, don't miss The iSeries Advocate's take on IBM's New Directions. Carson Soule argues that it's more important than ever to upgrade your skills and applications to V5R2.
WE'VE COME TO the end of another year, and what a year it was! We put our magazine in digital format and continued our reign as the information leader in this market (indeed, we celebrated our 20th anniversary). Thanks to all of you for your loyalty and continued support of the iSeries and NEWS. All of us here wish you the joys of the season, and let's look forward to a peaceful and prosperous new year.