Category Archives: News and Events

BCD Tradeshows, conferences, webinars and other activities.

Temp License Key Generation at myBCDsoftware.com Unavailable

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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The Essentials of Debugging

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.

POODLE Security Vulnerability: How to Disable SSLv3 on IBM i

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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Webinar: Learn how you can improve your order entry with web applications

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 19, 2014.

If you’re using Presto or WebSmart to modernize your B2B or B2C order entry applications, you’re likely seeing some of the benefits of web applications, such as real-time or easier access to information.

However, there are likely many ways that you could further improve your order entry applications:

  • Implementing standing orders
  • Extending your ERP
  • Making the application customer-facing
  • Incorporating mobile solutions

We’ll show you examples of the above, along with some design tips. You’ll also see how you can partner with our Professional Services team to implement the solutions you’ll see in the webinar.

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See what’s new in IBM i 7.2 at COMMON’s free virtual conference tomorrow

IBM i 7.2 is the first release in four years and includes many enhancements that make the platform even more stable and secure. If you’re interested in learning what’s new in IBM i 7.2, we invite you to attend COMMON’s virtual conference tomorrow from 10am – 6pm EST. The event is free and allows you to take advantage of leading IBM i education from industry experts, right from your own computer.

BCD and Quadrant Software are proud sponsors of this event and will also lead a session on popular application modernization approaches. In the first half of the session, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of some of the most common application modernization approaches and provide tips for choosing the approach that’s right for you. In the second half, you’ll see our web application development and modernization solutions and learn how they can reduce the development lifecycle.

During the conference, you’ll have access to a virtual expo, where you can chat with BCD, Quadrant and other solution providers about the latest products available.

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Webinar: See RPG OA and other key new features in Presto 5.5

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 5, 2014.

We’re excited to announce that upcoming Presto 5.5 will include support for IBM’s RPG Open Access (OA), making it one of the most important Presto releases to date. With Presto’s RPG OA handler, you can seamlessly intermingle OA screens with 5250 modernized screens, and transform subfiles into scrollable grids with sortable columns.

If you’ve used Presto modernize your green screens, or if you’re thinking of giving them a web GUI, we invite you to join us on Thursday, June 5 at 1pm EST for our webinar: See How RPG Open Access in New Presto 5.5 Gives You More Modernization Options.

The presentation will include an overview of what Presto is, and will cover the 5.5 features: RPG OA support, a configurable option to place function keys on the left side of your screens, and a clickable subfile option flyout menu.

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Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

We look forward to seeing you there!

BCD and Quadrant Software at COMMON: New Presto and WebSmart Releases and Improved Partner Program

At next week’s COMMON meeting and exposition in Orlando, we’ll announce some exciting product releases and an improved Business Partner Program:

  • Presto 5.5, which includes support for RPG Open Access (OA). This will give IBM i programmers the ability to give existing green screens and new RPG programs a modern web GUI with Presto. One of the key benefits of Presto’s support for RPG OA is the ability to turn subfiles into scrollable grids with sortable columns.
  • WebSmart 10.1 – 10.2, which features a mobile ILE and PHP reflow table DB2 template and various maintenance enhancements.
  • Formtastic 5.4.5, which includes QR barcodes, Data Matrix barcodes, and ACH CCD+.
  • Our improved Business Partner Program will better assist our partners in using our tools to modernize the software packages they offer clients and their clients’ applications, and capitalize on opportunities to sell BCD and Quadrant Software tools.
  • Catapult and Nexus maintenance releases.

If you’re at the show, we invite you to drop by the BCD and Quadrant booth (#600), where you can enter a drawing for $500 cash. We’ll also be happy to answer your technical questions and demo our products.

See you in Orlando!

BCD Products Safe from OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug

We’re happy to report that the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability, also known as CVE-2014-0160, does not affect any BCD products. Here are the specific details about each product:

  • WebSmart ILE, Clover, Presto and Nexus use the IBM i HTTP Server, which is not affected by the Heartbleed bug, as reported by IBM.
  • WebSmart/Clover SSL client (initssl(), posturl(), and other SSL functions) uses GSKit, which isn’t affected.
  • Zend Server and WebSmart PHP, e.g. openSSL functions, are not affected. Zend Server uses the IBM 5733SC1 component, which uses OpenSSL version 0.9.8. This version is not vulnerable.

You can verify your OpenSSL version by logging into a green screen session and entering:

  1. STRQSH [enter]
  2. openssl version [enter]

You can also check your OpenSSL version via PHP script. Run the following script and you’ll see the version under the SSL Version section: <?php phpinfo(); ?>

Our customer portal,  myBCDsoftware.com, uses Nexus and the IBM i HTTP Server, and therefore wasn’t affected. If you use the same user id/password on other sites that might be affected by the bug, we recommend that you consider changing your myBCD password.

We also recommend looking into the Heartbleed bug further and how it might impact other areas of your network, including VPN. IT Jungle’s Heartbleed Post-Mortem article is a good place to start and recommends changing your IBM i passwords for powerful users and administrators.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Technical Support.

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Webinar: Is It Time to Modernize Your IBM i Interfaces?

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on March 27, 2014.

Many IBM i programmers have delivered RPG or COBOL problems via green screens for decades. Seasoned end users may be accustomed to the 5250, but does that mean the interface is sufficient in 2014? Paul Tuohy would argue – NO!

If you’re thinking of giving your green screens a web GUI, or if you’d like tips on how to boost end-user productivity with GUIs, I invite you to join us on Thursday, March 27 at 2PM ET for “Modernizing IBM i Interfaces.” In this iPro Developer-hosted webinar, Paul will discuss:

  • Why GUIs can do everything 5250 can, and more
  • How GUIs can speed up data entry and make it easier to present information
  • Features of a GUI design
  • Knowing your devices
  • Do you need to be a designer?

In the second half of this presentation, BCD’s Marcel Sarrasin will show you how to give your green screens a web GUI with Presto. You’ll see a live demo of adding datepickers, drop downs and more, all without having to change your RPG or COBOL source code.

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Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Webinar: How to Deliver Successful Web Projects with Wireframes

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on March 6, 2014. 

Have you ever deployed new WebSmart web applications or Presto screens but were disappointed when the users weren’t as pleased with the project as you were?

Web development projects fail for a variety of reasons. Stakeholders may not have been on the same page at the start of the project, failed to clearly communicate their expectations, or didn’t deliver complete specs.

The best way to overcome these issues is to have all stakeholders sign off on a visual representation of the application before development begins. This can be accomplished through creating prototypes with wireframes.

Help your next web development project succeed by joining us on Thursday, March 6 at 1pm EST for “How to Deliver Successful Web Projects with Wireframes.” You’ll learn:

  •    What a wireframe is
  •    How wireframes reduce risk and development time
  •    A live demo of how to build a wireframe

At the end of the presentation, you’ll also learn how BCD Professional Services can partner with you to deliver modern web applications and GUIs on the IBM i.

Sign up now!

Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

We look forward to seeing you there!