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January 29, 2010 | Volume 7 Issue 4


TOP STORY: The CL Corner: Still Programming Like You Did with V1?
FEATURED ARTICLE: Lotusphere 2010 Announcements Mark Collaboration Watershed for IBM
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Monitor Changes in Web-Based Data
MORE NEWS: Craig Johnson Killed in Car Crash
FORUM: Practical RPG: Use Prototyping to Maximize Productivity
BUYER'S GUIDE: WebSmart Presto & Barcode 400

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Feature Article - Programming
The CL Corner: Still Programming Like You Did with V1?

If you're still using IF/ELSE a lot, you need to get up to speed on IBM CL programming enhancements. Embrace SELECT, WHEN, and OTHERWISE.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Are you still coding with the CL IF and ELSE commands? I continue to do so in some cases, but I find that with the introduction of several new CL commands in V5R3, my use of IF/ELSE is way down. The commands that I am referring to are SELECT, WHEN, OTHERWISE, and ENDSELECT. This article will bring you up to date on these "new" programming constructs.


Feature Article - Application Software
Lotusphere 2010 Announcements Mark Collaboration Watershed for IBM

Big Blue ramps up its Lotus collaboration offerings with a broad spectrum of product upgrades, enhanced mobile device connectivity, and corporate initiatives.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

In case you hadn't noticed, businesses are having trouble making a profit today using the same tired approach they have employed for years. Business as usual just isn't cutting it.


Advertorial - Halcyon Software
Partner TechTip: Monitor Changes in Web-Based Data

Your business operations could be adversely affected by changes if you're not aware those changes happened.

donnie_maccollWritten by Donnie MacColl

For many system administrators, a big part of their IT team's challenge is to watch for critical changes that could impact business operations and report these back to the right people at the right time.


It depends on what kind of business you're running, but some examples might be stock levels falling below a critical level, or a share price falling or rising beyond a pre-set value, or the number of jobs or processes running in a critical ERP application at a specific time being less than what you expect.


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