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August 17, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 16

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Don't Be Misled by SETLL *LOVAL
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Determining the Last Spool File Created
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Healthcare Providers Boosting IT Staff Ranks
FORUM: How to Reprint a Subset of Labels in an OUTQ
BUYER'S GUIDE: SpoolFlex Electronic Report Conversion, Distribution and Archiving
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Feature Article - Programming
 
Don't Be Misled by SETLL *LOVAL

Be careful when using SETLL *LOVAL on keyed access paths containing numeric key fields.

junlei_liWritten by Junlei Li

Almost every RPG programmer has become accustomed to setting the file pointer to the starting position of a logical file by specifying the SETLL (Set Lower Limit) RPG operation code with figurative constant *LOVAL as the search argument operand, or similarly, setting the file pointer to the end of a logical file by specifying SETGT (Set Greater Than) with *HIVAL. The SETLL *LOVAL technique worked perfectly for decades, doing exactly what we RPG programmers expected. But is it always to be trusted everywhere?


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Feature Article - Programming
 
The API Corner: Determining the Last Spool File Created

The QSPRILSP API can simplify your access to a job's most recent spool file.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Last month, in "Just How Many Spool Files Do You Have?," we looked at the Retrieve Spool Information API QSPSPLI. I received quite a bit of feedback on the article—some suggesting a follow-on topic, others reporting a problem they were running into.


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