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Rocket MV TechDay for D3 / mvBase

Published about 2 years ago by Elkie Holland
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In April 2015, I enjoyed attending the Rocket MV TechDay for D3 / mvBase as I like to keep myself abreast of what’s going on and coming up in the MultiValue market.

The day was informative and educational on both the business and technical level.

Dorien Gardner, John Bramley and Claude Masseron presented topics including:  Modernization, Integration (SOAP / RESTful Web Services), Adding GUI using .NET WinForms, Web frameworks including AngularJS, Bootstrap, Mobile Development, Application Lifecycle Management (Rocket ALM), Rocket R/Link, Rocket CorVu NG and a Python integration.


D3 Roadmap by John Bramley

A great presentation by John Bramley! He said that through D3’s various built in functional modules (e.g. transaction logging, backup utilities and the power of 64-bit technology), D3 offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). He stated that “D3 offers developers a dynamic data model and dynamic typing for flexibility and productivity and that this, coupled with an integrated procedural language that compiles to portable code, means that D3 offers cross-platform compatibility.”  Other features he commented on were that D3 also supports security and robustness via encryption, authentication and that it’s easy to scale up from the smallest workgroup to thousands of concurrent users.

John took some key business needs, e.g. using 64-bit technology, protecting sensitive information, accessing external data, and web services and stated that Rocket D3 could cater for all of the needs with its true 64-bit version (Linux & AIX), Secure Data Encryption, D3 Hot-Backup, Open DB and MVS Toolkit.

Looking ahead to the future, John also took us through new features coming on the various platforms.  Summary below (unconfirmed changes in blue italics):

Rocket D3 DBMS Linux

Ver 10.1.0 (Q1 2015)

Ver 10.2.0 (Q4 2015)

Ver 10.3.0 (Q2 2016)

  • 64-bit version with extended memory usage and performance
  • Enhanced installation support for logical volume partitions
  • D3 as a service
  • Database Pause / Resume to support snapshots for backup / restore
  • Enhanced support for UTF-8 character set
  • Field level data encryption
  • Enhanced support for consuming RESTful web services


Rocket D3 DBMS AIX

Ver 10.2.0 (Q4 2015)

Ver 10.3.0 (Q2 2016)

  • Read triggers
  • D3 as a service
  • Database Pause / Resume to support snapshots for backup / restore
  • Enhanced support for UTF-8 character set
  • Field level data encryption
  • File index encryption
  • Enhanced support for consuming RESTful web services


Rocket D3 DBMS Windows

Ver 10.2.0 (Q1 2016)

Ver 10.3.0 (Q3 2016)

  • 64-bit version with extended memory usage and performance
  • Enhanced support for UTF-8 character set
  • Field level data encryption
  • File index encryption
  • Enhanced support for consuming U2 RESTful web services
  • Enhanced FSI save / restore (incremental, selective files)


Rocket mvBase DBMS

Ver 3.2.1 (Q2 2015)

Ver 3.3.0 (Q4 2015)

  • Service Pack 1 for mvBase 3.2.0
  • Ability to read / write directly from / to remote mvBase files
  • Improved overflow handling for Basic select lists
  • Increased I/O performance for user connections


Rocket MVSP

Ver 2.1.0 (Q2 2015)

  • Support PHP & C / C++ for MVSP
  • Support Standard D3 Licensing with Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Connection Pooling Support for MFSP APIs


Rocket MVS Toolkit

Ver 2.1.0 (Q2 2015)

  • IDE enhancements
  • Extended drag-and-drop
  • Enhanced deployment options
  • MVSP connection pooling
  • Upgrade to Jetty 9 for enhanced security


Rocket CorVu NG

Ver 3.2.0 (Q2 2015)

  • Graphic visualization of D3 / mvBase data
  • In-line analytics supporting transforming, merging and tabulating of data
  • On-demand web and mobile dashboards and reports


As a recruiter working in the MultiValue market, I am always interested to hear about developments and changes within this sector.

The Rocket MV TechDay was enjoyable and interesting and I took away a lot of useful information.  It was also good to meet Dorien, John and Claude and I look forward to attending more TechDays and Rocket events in the future.


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