In Celebration of Computer Programmers

Thursday, December 12, 2013 Posted by

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we tip our hat to our programmers whose expertise and creativity keep our products evolving and responsive to our customers’ needs.  We also salute all programmers that constantly strive to keep their organizations running smoothly by developing new applications or finding innovative ways to adapt current software to meet their needs.

The importance of programming skills is in the spotlight this week with the Hour of Code initiative where educators, celebrities, tech gurus and business owners alike join forces to promote computer science education.  The campaign’s promotional video has received almost 1.7 million views.

education for computer programmers is lackingCode.org reports that computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and that there will be more 1,000,000 more jobs than students in 2020.  In a rocky job market, computer science offers a great opportunity for students who have the passion to pursue it as a career.

Our programmers work hard and they love the challenge of finding new ways to improve our products. Through initiatives such as the Hour of Code promotion and Computer Science Education Week, we hope that more students are encouraged to explore the world of computer programming.

You can learn more about Hour of Code and how you can help. You can also find tutorials and resources that take students of all ages beyond basic programming to explore different computer languages and app development.  We hope you’ll sit down with the kids in your life and explore Code.org.

 

RPG Toolbox 5.0 Gets Its Own Technology Refresh

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Posted by

RPG Toolbox 5.0 Set for Release in NovemberIn anticipation of IBM’s V7R1 technology refresh 7, we’ve been working on an update to our popular RPG Toolbox™ product.  It was the very first product for Linoma Software and is still one of our most popular tools. Thousands of IBM i shops have already used this tool to successfully modernize their RPG programs and convert their fixed format C specifications to free form.

The new RPG Toolbox version 5.0 will now also convert the traditional H, F, D and P specifications into free form syntax.  It will include many customization options to allow you to choose how operations are converted and how the syntax will be styled.

The 5.0 release is planned for December and will allow the free form conversion to be performed from RDi, PDM and the command line. For more information about the new release of RPG Toolbox 5.0, check out the official announcement.

Current RPG Toolbox customers who are active on maintenance will be able to update to the new version at no additional charge.  You can download a free trial of our current version  and we’ll let you know as soon as the updates are ready.

 

 

IFS Files Can Be Automatically Encrypted
with Crypto Complete 3.3

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Posted by

Crypto Complete™, one of the most popular encryption solutions for the IBM i, just took things to a whole new level.  Version 3.3 now allows users to automatically encrypt files stored on the Integrated File System (IFS).

IFS Automatic Encryption“We don’t think there is any other solution out there that provides this feature,” said Ron Byrd, Senor Engineer for Crypto Complete.  “Based on feedback we were getting from our customers, it seemed like the obvious next step for us.”

Version 3.3 can automatically protect the contents of any sensitive IFS files including PDF documents, text files, Excel spreadsheets, binary objects and other graphics files.

Administrators can designate which folders should be encrypted, and from then on, Crypto Complete will automatically encrypt any new files or data as soon as they are added to those targeted IFS folders.

Encrypted files will then automatically decrypt when accessed by specifically authorized users or groups. Tracking who accesses files is carefully logged with detailed audit trails.

Find out more about the newest release of Crypto Complete in this official announcement.

Five reasons we love tradeshows

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Posted by

We’re packing up our displays and stocking up on brochures because this fall, we’re on the road again.  Our tradeshow schedule is busier than ever, and our team is covering events all over the country.

In the era of virtual meetings, video calling and event streaming, you might wonder why we even bother to exhibit at live conferences.

Here are five reasons we love tradeshows.

1. We meet lots of new people.

It’s fun to watch people stroll by our display and see the light bulb go on when they realize that we address issues that have been driving them crazy.  It’s even better to hear their incredulous reactions when we explain how much easier we can make their jobs.  Sometimes they’ll tell us about other solutions that have disappointed them, and that’s a great opportunity to share how our software might be a better fit.

2.  We talk at length with customers.Linoma Software at COMMON

We love when customers stop by our booth.  Often we’ve only talked to them on the phone or through an online meeting, so it’s good to meet them in person.  Sometimes they have questions that we can solve on the spot, and sometimes they want to get the inside scoop about what’s next in the development cycle.  Occasionally we can even get them on video sharing their experiences with GoAnywhere or Crypto Complete.

Here’s one of our senior developers, Ron Byrd, talking with longtime GoAnywhere customer Jit Sewchan of ScotiaBank.

3. We catch up with industry colleagues.

Tradeshows give us a chance to talk with other IT professionals, software developers, industry media and sales reps who are in the trenches with us.  It’s helpful to hear others’ perspectives about industry trends, and to get caught up on the newest players and products in the space.

4. We have fun.

Yes, the days can be long, but tradeshows aren’t all work and no play.  When the exhibit hall closes, we always find something fun to do.  The team will explore local restaurants, perhaps meet up with customers or colleagues, and we’ve even been known to track down a foosball table for some serious competition.

5. We sell software.

Obviously it wouldn’t be worth the investment if tradeshows didn’t benefit the bottom line, and they definitely do.  We think our success with tradeshows is because they give us the opportunity to talk with people, to listen to their challenges, and to explain how we believe we can help. Even if we don’t turn everyone into customers immediately, we’ve now given them something to think about when they are ready to find a solution.

Just in case you’ll be hitting the tradeshow circuit this fall, here are some of the places you’ll be able to find us:

Stop by our booth.  We always have chocolate!

 

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