Members, please use this thread to suggest topics for our monthly member meetings.
Here are two topics that I can think of:
1. Set up and configuration of DB2 Web Query with its component parts, along with an Overview, and why I would use it versus a competing product running on SQL server or Linux. Maybe some very basic examples too.
2. On the systems I have used over the years, there always seems to be many fonts and character sets available on IBM i. However, in most places, they seem to default to the normal courier for printouts, and use excel downloads to make the reports "pretty". It would be nice to know how to choose the correct / different font and locate it for use. Also cover the relationships between the different keywords in a PRTF definition and parameters to the OVRPRTF command (i.e. Font identifier, Point Size, Graphic Character Set, Code Page, Font Character Set, Coded Font, AFP, IPDS, PCI, CDEFNT, CHRID, CHRSIZ, FNTCHRSET, FONT, FONTNAME). Basically, how do I look at font samples for the fonts available on the system, and use them in my printed output. It seems like there is a ton of capability, but getting everything to work together to get the output you want seems to be a full time job. Workstation Customization Objects could also be a part of this presentation.
I like those ideas. I'll get with the other board members and we'll get to work on those.
It has been said that PHP is popular in the IBM i, but writting PHP without using a framework is not the way to go unless you plan doing very small things. Can we have someone presenting how to use one of the popular frameworks for PHP in the IBM i , like Zend Framework or Laravel? Thanks
IBM acquired Cloudant - a NonSQL Cloud provider based on CouchDB. Use case shows this is an ideal solution for mobile, since it supports JSON and data replication. Question here is if we have any case study showing how to download this information form Cloud to IBM i. I have to speculate it is by using REST requests from IBM i - any one with such experience that could share? Here the link to Cloudant https://www.ibm.com/cloud/cloudant
Heard about IBM i supporting IoT by using some of the open source options the system provides. Would be great to hear on the implementation options and some case studies that could be applied to multiple industries.
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