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

Netbeans remote support working!

As promised, I have now managed to get the initial build of a C program on the IBM i using the remote build support provided by NetBeans. See my previous posting to see how I set it up the initial […]

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Netbeans Remote Build support for IBM i Open Source Builds

I had recently put in a request to have GCC remote build added to the IDE (RDi or Orion if Orion ever gets compile capabilities) to allow developers to develop PASE based Open Source on the IBM i from a […]

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Reputation, Trust and Something New

The brand of an organization is its logo, the graphic face of a company’s reputation. Business ethics, trust and reputation are brought to the table by the person who is leading and steering the company, they are the heart and […]

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Automatically starting Orion

I wanted to automatically start Orion at system start up plus allow the start and end from a normal IBM i command line. My initial thoughts was to use a command and CLP which would start and stop Orion using […]

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Another way to work with Relic Package Manager source

When we did the last clone of the Relic Package Manager Source we kept the Git repository separate to the RDi repository on our PC. I mentioned that perhaps there is an alternative to copying the files between the directories. […]

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Adding a BLDRELIC CLP to the Relic Package Manager

We have previously shown how to interact with GitHub and RDi for IBM i Open Source projects. This blog entry is another step in the learning cycle. Its trivial in its content but the process we are following can be […]

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Getting Relic Package Manager to your IBM i using RDi and Git

We have been suggesting for some time that any Open Source project created for the IBM i should be packaged for Relic Package Manager utilization. Initiated by Liam Allen it provides a method for allowing source to be downloaded and […]

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Need your Votes

I have just added and RFE to the IBM website suggesting that they add support for the GCC compiler to the RDi development IDE and would appreciate your support in voting for it.The RDi environment is IBM’s main application development […]

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SQL table use for journal content display

A client recently wanted something that would pull all of the journal entries from the QAUDJRN for a specific user between a pair of dates. Having played around with the DISPLAY_JOURNAL table function I felt it would be ideal for […]

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Video of our first COMMON meeting held in London 1994

A colleague recently contacted me asking if I would be interested in a video he had shot at the COMMON Exhibition in London in 1994. He was working with our Business Partner HiT from Belgium at the time and we […]

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