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July 16, 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 13


TOP STORY: What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be)
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Trying to Allocate an Object?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM i ISVs Can Now Integrate Mobile-Based Two Factor Authentication to Increase Security of Solution
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Feature Article - Programming
What Modernization Really, Truly Is (Or Should Be)

We conclude our exciting homily to modernization, the Black Stone Cherry of the IT world, with a thrilling chapter on the final component of the modernization triangle.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

First a quick review. We opened this discussion two months ago by talking about how closely the word modernization is linked with the idea of replacing green-screens with GUI and making more extensive use of SQL. But I think it's questionable whether merely changing your tools or your presentation can, by itself, really be considered modernization. Isn't real modernization about making the application stronger and smarter rather than just building it with different tools?


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Feature Article - Programming
The API Corner: Trying to Allocate an Object?

Use APIs to determine and resolve current lock holders.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Last month, in "Problems Allocating an Object?," we looked at the program AllocObj. With AllocObj, we used the List Object Locks (QWCLOBJL) API to get a list of all jobs holding a lock on a given object and then displayed the name of the first job (that wasn't the current job) in that list. This month's "API Corner" will expand the capabilities of AllocObj. The updated AllocObj will, if run in an interactive job, build a subfile listing those jobs with locks on the object. From this list, the user can decide to contact someone about one or more of these jobs, end one of more of these jobs, and/or cancel the current running of AllocObj. If the current job is not interactive, then (at least for this month) AllocObj will run as it did in last month's article. Next month, we'll look at some of the batch opportunities for enhancements to AllocObj.


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