Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly
- IBM i Brief: IBM i Legend Retires. PTF Guide for IBM i: Volume 25, Number 49. IBM Introduces IBM Hyper Protect Offline Signing Orchestrator.
- AI: Simple ways that the IBM i Developer can use AI.
- Development: Development Tips for IBM i Fans Only. Using Postman for API Development on the IBM i.
- Trends: The 2024 Enterprise Software Un-Predictions.
IBM i Brief
Alison Butterill is probably the most famous IBM i visage in the world, retired on November 30th, 2023. She did so, “in a manner that is consistent with her calm grace, keen intelligence, good humor, and Canadian upbringing; she didn’t make any fuss at all about it.”
As IT Jungle writes, “we found out about it because of a LinkedIn post by Douglas Gibbs, the I/O product manager for the Power Systems line at IBM, will take over as IBM i product manager and program director.”
“This week, there are two security vulnerabilities, a set of patches for IBM i 7.2, and HIPERS for IBM i 7.4 and IBM i 7.5 – among other things.”
- IBM Java SDK and IBM Java Runtime for IBM i are vulnerable to a remote attacker
- IBM Administration Runtime Expert for i is vulnerable to an attacker obtaining sensitive information
- SF99719 720 Group HIPER – level 238
It certainly looks that way.
The new offering, IBM Hyper Protect Offline Signing Orchestrator (OSO), is designed to address vulnerabilities in current “cold storage” systems that store digital assets offline. Cold storage solutions often require manual, multi-step processes to authorize transactions, increasing costs and the risk of losing assets.
Hyper Protect Offline Signing leverages LPARS and is currently offered on IBM Z/LinuxONE
Could this all make its way to the IBM i?
Why use AI?
“AI offers a transformative toolkit that streamlines learning and amplifies creative problem-solving. Through machine learning algorithms, AI empowers developers to automate routine tasks and accelerate their software development lifecycle.”
Here are some practical ways IBM i developers can use AI in their day-to-day work.
- Streamline and optimize the development process
- Improved coding velocity
- Enhance code hygiene
- Testing and documentation
Check out the use cases (video). I think you will be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate AI (ChatGPT) into your daily workflow.
Whether you are young, old, new to the IBM i platform, or have been around for a while, check out these tips and tricks for RPG programming on the IBM i.
This site has countless tutorials, simple examples, and articles on RPG programming, using the IBM i operating system, and more.
What is Postman?
Postman is an API platform for building and using APIs. Postman simplifies each step of the API lifecycle and streamlines collaboration so you can create better APIs—faster.
If you are an RPG developer, you might want to use Postman for the following reasons.
- API Testing and Validation
- Simplified Development Process
- Documentation and Collaboration
- Environment Management
- Automated Testing
- Learning and Experimentation
- Integration with Existing Tools
Summary: Postman can serve as a bridge tool for IBM i developers, allowing them to interact with and test modern API-driven applications and services effectively.
The folks over at Diginomica like to have a little fun at the end of the year. Here is their take on what may or may not happen in 2024. Enjoy.
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