Saturday, May 14, 2011

IBM System i APIs at Work

IBM System i APIs at Work

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Product Details
Paperback: 550 pages
Publisher: Mc Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583470697
ISBN-13: 978-1583470695
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,211,750 in Books

APIs are OS provided tools that allow us to extend our ability to solve business problems on the system i. Most System i developers do not have a good understanding of the available APIs or their workings within i5/OS so are not able to get the best out of them.

IBM API expert author Bruce Vining guide us to mastering the wide APIs available with System i i5/os with real examples that can be applied in your environment.

Developers these days have to integrate applications running on various operating systems and languages to implement business rules and requirements. APIs allow you to solve some of the harder to crack implementation issues by giving you access to the lower level structures of the os or application, making these some of the most useful tools in your arsenal.

• New chapters covering topics such as exit point concepts, Integrated File System, date and time, cryptographic services, TCP/IP, and more
• Sorting, character data conversion, and user application information
• APIs are covered in depth
• Fully updated code on previous APIs to bring them up to newer standards
• Updates to API changes since the previous edition
• Modernized RPG code to demonstrate current coding style
• An Appendix with COBOL examples and implementation including API equivalents for RPG support of memory management, bit testing, edit words, and more
• Check Your Knowledge tasks at the conclusion of each chapter with solutions provided in RPG and COBOL Write client and server applications that enable your System i to communicate with other systems, such as PCs, using sockets

What Jon Paris said about this book

It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive guide to APIs than that contained within these covers. From list APIs, to Telnet, to encryption, Bruce covers them all and does so in an informative and entertaining fashion. Not content simply to detail their naked operation, Bruce also demonstrates the usage of these APIs as the foundations for a number of utility programs that most shops will soon spot a use for in their daily operations. Even better - the examples are terrific demonstrations of the power of the RPG IV language. If you were to purchase this book for no other reason than to study the examples you would get excellent value for money. Hopefully some of the folks involved in producing IBM documentation will read this book and take the hint! COBOL users are not left out either - Bruce provides COBOL versions of all of the code.

At well over 700 pages this is indeed a weighty tome, but unlike so many others there's no "fat" here - just solid content that will satisfy your hunger for knowledge

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