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July 29, 2011 | Volume 8 Issue 30

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: The CL Corner: Clearing, Rather than Deleting, an IFS File
FEATURED ARTICLE: Is Corporate Tunnel Vision Blocking the Next Generation of RPG Programmers?
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Are You Happy with Your Disk Space Collection Utilities?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Linoma Enhances Crypto Complete Encryption Software, Restructures Licensing Terms
WHITE PAPER: Security - 5 Shortcuts to Sensible Operational Security
FORUM: How to Get a USB-Connected Epson POS Printer to Do Slip Printing

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Feature Article - Programming
 
The CL Corner: Clearing, Rather than Deleting, an IFS File

Here's the command IBM should have given you but didn't.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

In recent articles, starting with "Trying to Get a Handle on Your IFS?," we've seen how to automate the deletion of an IFS stream file when a file has not been used within a user-determined number of days. Rather than deleting a stream file, though, some companies would prefer to clear a stream file—similar to how the Clear Physical File Member (CLRPFM) command can be used to clear a database file member. Unfortunately, if you were to prompt generically for all commands that start with the letters CLR (that is, prompt for CLR*), you would find that there is not a Clear File (CLRF) or Clear Stream File (CLRSTMF) command on your system—or at least not one provided by the i operating system. For this reason, today's article will look at how to implement a CLRSTMF CL command.


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Feature Article - Career
 
Is Corporate Tunnel Vision Blocking the Next Generation of RPG Programmers?

Efforts by Young i Professionals to find affordable access to the IBM i platform may bear fruit too late to engage today's young programmers and entrepreneurs.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

I wrote back in 2007 that, after a 10-year absence from covering COMMON, it was like returning to a gathering of Vietnam War veterans because of all the gray heads in the crowd. Whether it was that column or just the sudden self-conscious industry realization that this generation of IBM i developers and RPG programmers would soon retire with relatively few people to follow in their footsteps, there was an awakening to the challenge. The point hit home with the shocking death of industry legend Al Barsa at none other venue than the Nashville COMMON conference. People in the IBM i community were witnessing the thinning herd right before their very eyes.


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Advertorial - Help/Systems
 
Partner TechTip: Are You Happy with Your Disk Space Collection Utilities?

How many different collections do you run?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

One of my favorite parts of visiting with customers for Help/Systems is asking them what tools they're using and what they would like to have. When I ask people what they use for collecting disk space information, I get several answers.


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