IBM i 7.2 – Systems Management Improvements

It’s going to be great to start writing about all the things in this release. Steve Will’s blog, Announcing IBM i 7.2, reviews the overall announcement; I want to briefly review some of the systems management enhancements (and there are a lot of them!). I’ll write more in-depth blogs on these topics and more over the next several months.

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Integrate Web Services With Db2 for i, Part Two

In part one of this two-part blog entry, the idea was introduced that Db2 for i could be integrated with a Web service, using the user-defined functions in the SYSTOOLS schema and the built-in SQL/XML support. Part one includes a number of links to information about the user-defined functions, and also to information on the built-in SQL/XML support. One important resource was a link to a whitepaper that provides the complete details for these functions.

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Integrate Web Services With Db2 for i

The existence of Web services creates the potential to unite the data from remote sources with the data that is stored locally in a relational database. For customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest technology updates of Db2 for i in 7.1, integrating a Web service with Db2 for i might be complicated. A combination of non-SQL and SQL code is usually needed to send the HTTP request, and also to construct, interpret and process the messages that are exchanged between the client and server. These infrastructure-related details are not what most developers want to spend their time on; the more desirable option is to focus on using the Web service as a tool to understand and process the business data.

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How to Use the Integrated Web Application Server

Are you looking for a simple way to get started with Web applications? Are you overwhelmed by the complexity of creating an application server, configuring it, and finally trying to deploy your application into the server? Do you need a simple “on ramp” to the Web? If your answer to any of those questions is yes, then the IBM integrated Web application server (IAS) may be just what you need.

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