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ABIS Infor - 2013-04

This newsletter (2013-04) contains the following topics:

Both presentations can be found in the Presentation part of our website.

The mainframe is dead, long live the mainframe. Despite all predictions about the end of the mainframe, this dinosaur still seems to be kicking and alive, growing and even offering new present-day possibilities. But where can we find the right personnel for maintaining, managing and controlling this 'Enterprise Server' (like the new name sounds)? Where do new young people get the interest and knowledge for this yet-not-so-old-fashioned platform? Because the shortage of mainframe-skilled people will cause problems if we do not act quickly. Read the article.

(only in Dutch) De iPad biedt een schat aan mogelijkheden, niet enkel voor privégebruik maar ook in een zakelijke omgeving. Het lijkt allemaal zeer eenvoudig, maar zonder een degelijke basiskennis ga je toch heel wat mislopen. Lees het artikel.

Have you been collecting massive volumes of "corporate" data which are now waiting to be analysed, and did our earlier article about NoSQL trigger your appetite? In that case you probably want to get started with software for Big Data which is easy to install (and freely available). Below is already a first step in that direction, before you really take the "big" step! Read the article.

When exchanging data in XML format (e.g. through an Enterprise Service Bus), we often use XSLT for transforming the XML data (rearrange the structure, omit & add data) to realize the required mapping between the source and target applications. By leveraging XSLT's 'odd' programming paradigm (i.e. functional programming, rather than procedural), some seemingly complex tasks can be accomplished with very little -- and generic -- coding. Read the article.