Not dying users, you big silly! Are your IBM i Users Passwords Expiring? Every IBM i User Profile can be created with an automatic expiration date set against it. This forces regular password changes. Pretty standard stuff right? This is rarely a problem for interactive users – who will see the change password screen: But,

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How can we Lockdown SQL Access for IBM i Users? Administrators often want to limit what SQL statements a user is allowed to run because how powerful SQL can be. What’s Different about SQL? SQL is a separate interface to the data and runtime SQL is part of the basic operating system. SQL uses the

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Comparing Object Authorities across different libraries is easier than you think! Using the magical powers of IBM i SQL we can easily create a spreadsheet containing all the objects in any given library and showing all their authority settings. You can run this SQL statement using green screen STRSQL or from your favorite desktop SQL

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Restore and Rescope Logical Files When you restore a logical file, the system uses the description for the logical file to establish its relationship with the based-on files. For example, database views or indexes are logical files. You can restore a logical file to a library different than the library for the associated physical file.

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A simple guide to SQL for AS400 Dummies You can spot my brethren fairly easily, the rare old-school AS400 developer can be found lumbering around your IT department. The trade mark style of these rare IBM Beasts is graying hair, a low-tech phone, typing with 2 fingers while muttering swear words under their breath. Counting

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Do you want to Create Different Subsystems for Web Services? There are a lot of positive reasons for us to create separate subsystems for each out our sets of applications. But if you read this blog entry then you already know that. So, assuming you want to do it — let’s stop blathering and dive

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Ever wanted to find your IBM i OS Version using SQL? Following on from this blog about how to find the OS version from an RPG Program, a nice chap called Tomas Petris left a comment showing a slick way of pulling the IBM i Version with one SQL statement: The SQL statement is simple

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Let’s look at a quick little example RPG email validation program – SQLRPGLE ILE There are lots of code snippets, example programs, and long waffling discussions in internet land filled with pointy-headed AS400, Series, and IBM i programmer chaps (and chappettes) arguing about the best way to “validate an email address in RPG”. I know

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IBM i SQL numeric to alphameric So – today I was talking to a colleague who wanted to make a database change to a big old file. This meant changing one of the fields from 7 numeric to 12 alpha. Sounds simple right? Oh if only life were that simple… Now add the complexity that

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I found this wonderful article over at Midrange Blog It does exactly what I am trying to do: Lets me encrypt a certain field (column) in a table so that its encrypted as its added and updated. It also lets me automatically decrypt it when I read the record back (the only caveat is that

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IBM i SQL – Using SUBST A while ago I had a problem where I wanted to change the first two characters in a table and I used the very simple concat and subst operations to do it with SQL. Today, we had a slightly more complex requirement of updating text in the middle of

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Using SQLRPGLE to Validate email addresses in IBM i Following on from my previous blog (basic email validation) I decided that it would much nicer to (a) have the regex stored in a data area so that we can easily play with it to try different validation scenarios and (b) lets have a shot at

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