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Next Meeting - Wednesday, March 19, 2014  - Getting started with .NET for IBM i Developers


The New England Mid-Range Users Group is organized as a resource for users of IBM System i, i Series and AS/400 systems. If you were looking for the New England M User's Group (MUMPS) goto


Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: Sign in 5:15PM, Speaker 6:00-7:15PM, Dinner to follow
Place: Ambrosia Tavern, 116 Elm St, North Attleboro, MA 02760 -  see directions below
Topic: Getting started with .NET for IBM i Developers
Speaker: Craig Pelkie
Dinner: Chili Chicken in sweet chili sauce (spicy) with peppers, onions, scallions and black pepper with rice and raita, Sirloin Tips served with potato and vegetables, Grilled Salmon over vegetables with roasted potatoes, or Penne Pasta Primavera (vegetarian).  Also included are appetizers, salad, dessert, and coffee/tea.

Cost:  NEMUG Members $30. Guests $40. Students $10. Make check payable to: NEMUG  Mail to Aurora Technologies, c/o NEMUG, 5 Old Nasonville Road, Harrisville, RI 02830  or register on the NEMUG web site, , and pay at the door.

R.S.V.P .  to Aurora Technologies.  Register on the web,
 or e-mail
or call: (401) 765-3721, FAX. (401) 766-4591.  Include the information listed below.  We must receive your reply no later than Friday, March 14, 2014.  ** No shows will be billed, unless cancellation is received by Tuesday, March 18, 2014.  **


Nominations are open and need to be in for the May Meeting (there is no April Meeting).  If anyone knows of someone who would be interested in serving on the Board for a year, please contact Jerry Perreault ( before the meeting.  We have an opening for VP as Brian, who has served faithfully as our VP and Raffle Ticket Seller Extraordinaire needs to step down due to family issues.

 Getting started with .NET for IBM i Developers

Even though you use the IBM i as your server platform, your shop may be using or considering application development with Microsoft .NET.  Before getting started with .NET development, it is helpful to understand some of the basics of .NET, including the .NET Framework, the programming languages that are most widely used (Visual Basic and C#), the Visual Studio development environment, the ASP.NET deployment environment, and perhaps most importantly, how you can connect to your IBM i from .NET.  In this session, we will look at the major features of the .NET environment and how it fits in with the IBM i.

Craig has been programming IBM midrange systems for many years, having started as a weekend computer operator on a System/360 model 20.  His articles have appeared in Midrange Computing, NEWS/400 and other industry publications.  He currently develops and conducts eLearning courses for iProDeveloper, in addition to providing consulting services for IBM i, .NET and Java.  You can contact him at

Message from the President

For our February 19th meeting Charlie Guarino came in from Long Island, New York, to present his session on how to become a service provider to the WEB using the IBM i, ‘i Can Serve You’.  As always, Charlie, you taught us something, IBM’s Web Services sever for ILE, this time.   And as always, we all had a great time…we hope see you in the future for more of the same.  Thanks Charlie….

For our March 19th meeting, Craig Pelkie is coming to show us some of the major features of the .NET environment.  From connecting to the IBM i from .NET, and understanding the basics of .NET and .NET Framework, to the various programming languages and the ASP.NET deployment environment.  I can’t say I know much about .NET, but Craig does, and that’s why he’s coming…to teach us.

Craig Pelkie has been programming IBM midrange systems for years.  He started out as a weekend computer operator on a System/360 model 20.  Now he has articles appearing in Midrange Computing, NEWS/400 and other industry publications.  Craig currently develops and conducts eLearning courses for iProDeveloper, where he is a Senior Technical Editor.  In addition he provides consulting services for IBM i, .NET and Java.

 You can contact him at, or, come and meet him……….

May The Force be with us! 

Dick Ferrara, President,

Win a Free Registration to NE User Groups Conference, April 7-9!

Come to the March meeting so you can enter for a drawing to win a ticket to the User Conference!  Each person who attended the February meeting got the opportunity to fill out an entry.  So if you attend this month’s and you attended last month you can enter TWICE!  The drawing will be held at the March meeting.  You do not need to be present to win.


To be held at the Lowes Royal Pacific Resort in Orlndo, FL.  There will be over 300 educational sessions as well as certification exams given.  For more information go to  NEMUG is a member of COMMON and members receive a discount on the conference price.  If you plan on attending and your company is not a member, contact Faith Lamprey for our COMMON member ID.

NEMUG Officers

President, Dick Ferrara, NATCO
Vice President, Brian Siwicke, Princess House
Treasurer, Eileen Newell, FGX International
Secretary, Faith Lamprey, Aurora Technologies

Directions to Restaurant
 Ambrosia Tavern & Grill
116 Elm Street
North Attleboro, MA

Where we used to meet has been taken over by new owners and is not ready for business.  For this year we will be meeting at the Ambrosia Tavern & Grill in North Attleboro.  It is easy to get to the restaurant from the major highways.  The officers went there to taste the food and were impressed.  They also serve Indian food so we will have an Indian option every time as well. 

Via Route 95 (north or south)

95 to Mass Exit 5 (152) take a right off of the exit.Follow the road through traffic lights at the highway and the Plaza and another in about .1 mile.At North Street and stay to right at forks, another light at Mt Hope.Go up hill stay right at flashing light, now on Elm Street then Restaurant is on right in less than .5 mi.It is just over 2 miles from 95.

Via 295

295N to Mass Exit 1B (Rte 1).Follow 1.6 miles (through light at Applebees, light at Showcase).Road bears right, Rt. 120 joins from left & 1A goes into center. Stay to right (Still on Rte 1) 1.3 miles (through light at Stop & Shop, light at Red Stone).Take right at next light (UHaul on left, Fresh Catch & Shell on right).  Restaurant is on the left

From points West Via 495

495 to Exit 14B (Rte 1S)
Follow Rte 1S a bit over 4 miles depending on whether you came from N or S on 495.  You will go through light at 152, light at 106, light at Elmwood, light at Fisher, light at Orne/Landry(Cinema-Pub on right), then next left.   Left at light onto Elm Street, Restaurant is on left.

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