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April 29, 2011 | Volume 8 Issue 17


TOP STORY: The CL Corner: What IFS Files Have Not Been Used for Three or More Days?
FEATURED ARTICLE: What Is So Important About a Conference, Anyway?
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: How Valuable Is Your Job Scheduler?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: New Version of PHP Toolkit for IBM i Now Available Exclusively from AURA
FORUM: Job Offer in New Jersey
BUYER'S GUIDE: Maxava HA Enterprise and Barcode 400
INDUSTRY WATCH BLOG: MC Press Online to Cover 2011 COMMON
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Feature Article - Programming
The CL Corner: What IFS Files Have Not Been Used for Three or More Days?

Access and manipulate various forms of time to automatically remove files from the IFS or save them.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

In last month's article, "When Was an IFS File Last Used or Changed?", we saw how a CL program could determine the date and time an IFS file was last opened or modified. Today, we'll take that one step further: finding out which files have not been opened in the last X number of days, where X is a user-specified value. This is the type of information that may help you decide what files are ready to be archived and/or deleted on your system. An example of how to automate the removal of such files is provided at the end of this article.


Feature Article - Analysis
What Is So Important About a Conference, Anyway?

Having the right pair of shoes may ultimately mean more than the high-minded platitudes that drive industry trade shows. 

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

Author's Note: Starting Sunday, users and vendors working with IBM technologies will be attending the year's largest annual industry event. I was thinking about how the annual meeting—and user group—have changed over the years, so I went back and retrieved an article I wrote in 2007 leading up to the conference. There were similarities with how things are today, but there have been some changes in COMMON's focus. I decided to use the prior article as a framework to elucidate those differences, since there is an amusing story that goes with it.


Advertorial - Help/Systems
Partner TechTip: How Valuable Is Your Job Scheduler?

How many tasks do you run through Robot/SCHEDULE?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

How many jobs or tasks do you launch each day through your job scheduler? Have you been able to reduce your run book? Do you work with end users to bring more into your scheduling solution? Do you allow staff members to use the WRKJOBSCDE command? (My suggestion is to lock down or deactivate WRKJOBSCDE; it only causes problems.) Do you need to run tasks on other machines besides IBM i servers?


MC Showcase Buyer's Guide
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T.L. Ashford's award winning BARCODE400 software is the labeling answer for the iSeries. With this versatile and easy to use software you will be designing and printing labels in minutes. Compliance labeling is a snap using templates provide by TL Ashford.

Learn more about T.L. Ashford & Associates and its Barcode and RFID solutions here.


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MC Industry Watch Blog

Watch for News from COMMON in Next Week’s Issues!

MC Press Online will be covering all the news and announcements coming from the 2011 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition next week, so watch for stories posted in the MC Press Industry Watch blog. Senior News Editor Chris Smith along with CL expert and Technology Writer Bruce Vining and PHP Author Jeff Olen will be covering the show for MC Press Online and blogging in the MC Press Industry Watch blog. To reach the Industry Watch blog, click on Forums at the top of the home page, then Blogs, or Click Here.

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