About Chris Hird

I have been around the IBM i or it’s predecessors (AS/400, iSeries, i5, System i etc.) for about 24 years now. I started after being retrained by IBM from a Buyer into a programmer! I always loved to get involved […]

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Employer Info

What we do! We develop solutions for High Availability and Disaster Recovery which we distribute through a network of partners and web based portals. If you wish to contact us please visit our website at http://www.shieldadvanced.com. The blog and website […]

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Downloads

We no longer provide a download link for the IBM i 5733 SC1 option. We removed the downloads from the Blog sometime ago due to a lot of abuse, we may decide to put up some new downloads in the […]

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Interests

As you can tell from my posts I am very passionate about the IBM i and the ‘C’ programming language. PHP is really similar to ‘C’ so it has become my favorite language for building website content, however I use […]

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Latest Blog

PowerUp18 San Antonio a few days away

Preparations are done and we are now finalizing the our agendas for the PowerUp18 COMMON Spring conference in San Antonio. While we are attending the event primarily as a Vendor in the Expo (come by Booth 318) we also have […]

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Let’s ‘C’ some server messages

We are now starting to see some functionality in the server program so lets enhance that a little more. One of the problems we all experience is accessing the messages in a message queue on the server from a remote […]

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Let’s ‘C’ it work some commands

So far we have created a Server which will allows a user to sign onto the IBM i via an ASCII based terminal, now we are going to look at how to add a bit more functionality. This post is […]

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Let’s ‘C’ Series – Summary…. Next Steps

Four more tech-blogs take the ‘C’ programing information into different directions – integration, security and more…. Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd led by Chris Hird, has been a long-time supporter of using ‘C’ as the program of choice for the IBM […]

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2018 Expo Special Deal….

Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd announces a special Expo Deal! If you are heading to the annual Common Conference this year – PowerUp18, San Antonio?  Shield is offering a replacement for your current High Availability solution – free of charge! Swing […]

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Press Release – HA4i Multi-Node

May 2018Toronto, Ontario – Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd, leading providers of High Availability software for IBM i today announced a new version of their premier solution HA4i.  The new version HA4i Multi-Node allows multiple copies of the data and objects […]

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Let’s ‘C’ integration with security

The previous post started a Server process which could receive ASCII based input, although it was pretty limited in terms of what it did it did show some of the basics required to build a Server process which listens to […]

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Let’s ‘C’ it integrate

We have been thinking about where to take the series of posts about using ‘C’ on the IBM i and have decided to create something that will help integrate the IBM i with the other platforms you run. One of […]

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Let’s ‘C’ how (part II)

In the last post we created the program which retrieved source code lines with a certain filter string. We are going to modify the program to verify that all of the messages we have in our message file are actually […]

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Let’s ‘C’ how!

I hope that you are following the series and found the previous posts  and the tools we have produced useful. In this post I am going to expand on the tooling to loop through a message file and check all […]

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