Jon Paris and Susan Gantner

IBM i Consultants, Developers, Educators and Apostles

May 7, 2018
Published on: IBM Systems
1 min read

We mentioned in our second article on DATA-INTO that " ... we look forward to seeing what third parties and open-source groups can do with it." Well soon after that piece was published we received good news and bad news. The good news was that Scott Klement had added a DATA-INTO JSON parser to his port of YAJL. That’s also the bad news: Now Jon has to come up with a new project as that was number one on his to-do list!

For those not familiar with it, we talked about Scott's port of YAJL earlier here and here, but there’s no doubt that in many cases it will be easier to consume JSON with DATA-INTO than the techniques we demonstrated in those articles. For more information on Scott's new addition to the package, check out his blog.

The Latest on RDi

Even though many of us are still getting comfortable with the new features that arrived with V9.6 of RDi on May 2, IBM announced the availability of a new fix pack and this one adds even more great new features. Not only does it contain a number of fixes and requested enhancements, but it also includes a brand-new PDM perspective designed to make the transition from PDM to RDi a lot easier for newcomers.

We’ve only had a short time to play with it so far but it certainly looks promising. One really nice touch is that for first time users this will be the default perspective and the base screen includes instructions on what to do to next to get started. It seems like a great idea that should help a lot with the transition. Our first impression was that it looks a bit "odd" (i.e. not quite as clean-looking as the normal RDi interface) but then we decided that green-screen PDM looks pretty clunky too so folks should feel right at home! In retrospect, it’s mostly the underlines for the option entry that look a little strange. We're sure we'll get used to them as we use the new perspective more. Look for an upcoming article series on the new features.

Our 2018 User Group "World Tour"

Our 2018 User Group "World Tour" began last week at NEUGC in Framingham, Massachusetts. We had a great response to our sessions and as always enjoyed meeting many of our readers in person.

The tour will continue with our own Toronto User Group's TEC event May 30-31. If you’re in the Toronto area you should certainly come and join us. You can find details here.

After that we head to Europe—a topic that Jon discussed with Paul Tuohy in a recent iTalk podcast. Jon has decided that he was obviously sicker than he thought he was the day it was recorded! Hopefully you can still make sense of his dulcet tones. During the chat, the next stop on the tour was mentioned. We’ll be teaching at the upcoming i-UG International i-Power Conference in the U.K. Together with Paul, we're offering a new 2-track series of "SiD University Lectures" on the first day of the event. Based on registrations to date, it seems our biggest concern may be whether we'll run out of seats! We’re really looking forward to catching up with our U.K. friends at this event. If you are a U.K. reader of this blog please be sure to come and say "Hi." And if you're not yet registered—why not? It’s shaping up to be a fabulous event with terrific content—plus not one but two birthday celebrations. The 30-year anniversary of the IBM I and the 25th anniversary for i-UG themselves. Should be lots of cake—or maybe since we are in the UK it will be beer.

From i-UG we travel on to Poland for the Common Europe Congress in Warsaw, Poland. We always enjoy getting together with the COMMON Europe folks, and for Jon this is a first as he has never visited Poland before. You can find the schedule and more information about the event here. From there it’s back to the U.K. for a few days R&R with Jon's family before returning home.

We won't be home for long, however, as Susan will be speaking at the Ocean User Group's TecCon18 event in Costa Mesa in July. Jon may be "hanging around" too but isn’t speaking this time ( ... there are sounds of gentle sobbing and cries of "they don't love me anymore" emanating from Jon's office ... ). If you live in Southern California, or simply fancy a trip to that part of the world, Ocean's TecCon is always a great event and Susan would love to see you there. More details here.

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