Presto 6 includes improved out-of-the-box formatting for RPG Open Access screens

February 10th, 2015 No comments

Presto 6.0 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com, and our public website. This release includes improvements to the Presto OA rendering engine so it now displays a more useful out-of-the-box version of OA screens.

Presto RPG OA screen

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Temp License Key Generation at myBCDsoftware.com Unavailable

February 6th, 2015 No comments

We are currently making some internal changes to how we manage our product license keys. While this is in progress we have temporarily taken down the myBCDsoftware.com program that allows customers to generate short-term license keys.

If you anticipate needing a temporary product license key for testing purposes, please contact your BCD sales rep and we’ll be happy to provide one.

If you were relying on this myBCDSoftware.com feature as part of your actual Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy and need to have the ability to switch your applications over to another system on very short notice, we are also happy to provide longer term temporary license keys to tide you over until the portal page is back. You should, however, keep in mind that our web portal is periodically unavailable for system maintenance. An alternative is to purchase a secondary High Availability product license.

You can reach our sales office in Chicago at (630) 986-0800 to request keys or discuss your needs. Or, if you have any questions about this portal feature, please email or call me at our support office at (250) 655-1766.

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New Docu-Mint Updates Available

January 9th, 2015 No comments

We had a few Docu-Mint sales recently and our new customers have done some testing for the rest of you :-)

There are two new Docu-Mint updates available for download:

  • DN66007 – Addresses an DocS36 issue where Option 9 from Menu DM2 was failing with a Session or Device Error.
  • DN66008 – Addresses a “Length or Start position is out of range for the string operation” error received by ANZRPGLE.

You can download both these patches, and any other recent ones you may have missed, from our website:

http://www.bcdsoftware.com/iseriessupport/docu-mint/updates/current/

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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WebSmart PHP’s new templates support all levels of development

December 16th, 2014 No comments

Many of our WebSmart PHP customers are still relatively new to web application development, while others need more advanced templates to take advantage of MVC or a more object-oriented approach. For this reason, WebSmart 10.5 and 10.6 include new Zend Framework 2 (ZF2) MVC and PHP Data Object (PDO) templates.

You can continue to use the original PHP templates to jumpstart your development but the new templates will give you more options as your skills advance.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new templates and to see how they support all levels of development.

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WebSmart 10.6 validates HTML5 and makes it easier to customize jQuery UI themes

December 16th, 2014 No comments

WebSmart 10.6 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com and our public website. This version, along with the recent WebSmart 10.5 release, includes improved compatibility with jQuery UI themes, HTML5 validation support and a new composite document.

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Presto 5.7 includes change management support for macros and SQL queries

December 15th, 2014 No comments

Presto 5.7 is now available for download from our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com and our public website. This interim release supports the ability to export and import SQL queries and macros using Presto’s change management feature, which was released in version 5.6.

Presto's macro export feature

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The Essentials of Debugging

December 12th, 2014 No comments

The BCD development and support teams spend a lot of time troubleshooting and debugging both our code and our clients’ code. Debugging is a core competency for any developer and the following article is one of the best we’ve seen on techniques that make for effective debugging.

Read it here: The Essentials of Debugging

We hope you find it helpful. You may also want to share it with your less experienced troubleshooters.

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How to Protect Catapult Emails from POODLE

December 5th, 2014 No comments

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

Catapult doesn’t use SSLv3 by default but has the ability to specify the SMTP authentication protocol from within the Poller. If you use SSLv3 for sending emails, we recommend switching to TLS.

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How to Define a Custom Error Handler in WebSmart PHP

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

Error messages are an important part of the WebSmart PHP development process, providing valuable information that you can use to fix and improve your scripts. If your script encounters an error, PHP normally displays the error in the browser and, if the error is fatal, stops execution of the script.

But you can override this default functionality, replacing it with your own function that handles errors at runtime. This is a simple two-step process that involves defining your error-handling function and setting it to handle errors in your script with set_error_handler().

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POODLE Security Vulnerability: How to Disable SSLv3 on IBM i

November 18th, 2014 No comments

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

SSLv3 is enabled by default on the IBM HTTP Server, so we recommend disabling SSL and using TLS exclusively for https. With the exception of IE6 on Windows XP, most of today’s browsers connect using TLSv1 by default. SSLv3 is really only in place for older browsers and compatibility but because it’s now vulnerable, IBM recommends switching that protocol off.

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