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July 30, 2010 | Volume 7 Issue 30


TOP STORY: The CL Corner: Providing Help Text for a User Command
FEATURED ARTICLE: QuickLook: iDocs from inFORM Decisions
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Work Schedule Entry (WRKSCHDE) Is Not Free
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: QSystem Monitor Offers 12 New Data Definitions
FORUM: Help! Connecting to SQL Server 2005 Using User Authentication from RBD/RDP
MC DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER/ AIR: The Benefits of Data Replication in HACMP/PowerHA Cluster Management Implementations
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Feature Article - Programming
The CL Corner: Providing Help Text for a User Command

It's easy with the GENCMDDOC command!

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

This article is the sixth in a series related to creating user commands. The first five articles introduced how to define various command parameter features and then implement those features within the command's command processing program (CPP). In this article, we will look at one way to provide online help for user-created commands. The approach we will review utilizes the Generate Command Documentation (GENCMDDOC) command, which is provided starting with V5R3 of the i operating system. The GENCMDDOC command is documented here and, as one of its options, can generate an output file containing an outline to be used for documenting a CL command.


Feature Article - Application Software
QuickLook: iDocs from inFORM Decisions

iDocs gives users a menu-based solution to convert, merge, and route IBM i data files.

Written by inFORM Decisions

Editor's Note: To download and try iDocs at no obligation, visit the MC Software Center.


iDocs is the central processing and administration engine that runs seamlessly with IBM i and System i accounting/ERP software applications. iDocs monitors output queues for spool files, database files, or XML data files to process and route them based on user-defined business rules.


Advertorial - Help/Systems
Partner TechTip: Work Schedule Entry (WRKSCHDE) Is Not Free

Do your developers spend time writing code to manage your schedule?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

A free scheduler sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? However, Work Schedule Entry isn't free if your team spends time writing code to control dependencies. It isn't free if your operators have to look at QSYSOPR to determine when to force the next job. It isn't free when you consider the time you spend pulling together the reports your auditors demand, such as Who can create jobs or Who changed the job in your scheduler.


MC Disaster Recovery/ AIX

The Benefits of Data Replication in HACMP/PowerHA Cluster Management Implementations


For AIX IT departments looking to take the next step in data protection strategies, PowerHA (formerly HACMP) clusters multiple servers to shared storage, offering automatic recovery of applications and system resources if a failure occurs with the primary server. But clustering is only one part of a truly resilient IT infrastructure. The other essential component is data replication technology.


The following AIX resources can also be found at the MC Disaster Recovery Center.


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