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August 1, 2008 | Vol 5 Issue 30


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Feature Article - Programming
The CL Corner: Alternatives to the CEE Date and Time APIs

Have you tried using the C run-time date and time APIs?

bruce_vining.jpgBy Bruce Vining

In the two most recent articles of this column (here and here), we have looked at the CEE date and time APIs and seen how easy it is, when working with Lilian seconds, to perform operations such as adding six hours to a time, comparing two time values, etc. without regard to the number of seconds in a minute, the number of minutes in an hour, and so on. This capability is not unique to the CEE APIs. It also exists with other APIs that are provided standard with your i operating system. Today, we will look at one such alternative set of APIs, the C language run-time functions--functions that you can also use from ILE CL. As a reminder, the task we are working on is to send an alert from one program (CHKLSTSND in the original article) when another program (SNDUPD) has not successfully run in over six hours.


Feature Article - Career
Does "Monitoring the System" Mean Checking Our Mental Health?

The breakdown of San Francisco's network administrator Terry Childs serves as a warning sign to us all.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

Reading about the fall of network administrator Terry Childs in San Francisco sends a chill down my spine.


Childs currently is in jail on $5 million bond for commandeering the city's FiberWAN fiber optic network. The network carries most of the city's network traffic, including employee emails, personnel information, and even law enforcement documents. Childs finally gave up the passwords following a visit to his cell last week by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.




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