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May 18, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 10

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Sort Fixed-Formatted Text Files on the IFS Using Qshell
FEATURED ARTICLE: The API Corner: Dynamically Editing a Numeric Value 
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Symmetry Corp. Launches i IN THE SKY Cloud Hosting and DR Solution
FORUM: Unicode in an AS/400 WMS Package
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: MIGRATING FROM IBM QUERY/400? 
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Feature Article - Programming
 
Sort Fixed-Formatted Text Files on the IFS Using Qshell

Use a combination of CPYTOIMPF and the sort command to export sorted, fixed-format files.

tom_snyderWritten by Tom Snyder

No matter how many ways I find to do something, I always run into a situation where I need to get creative. In various articles, I used SQL to export a physical file to a text file on the IFS, which gave me a lot of control over how I could sort the data that is being exported, but it didn't easily give me one thing that I needed, and that was to have the results in fixed format. Qshell to the rescue.


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Feature Article - Programming
 
The API Corner: Dynamically Editing a Numeric Value

The QECCVTEC and QECEDT APIs offer flexibility in terms of providing run-time editing of numeric values.

bruce_viningWritten by Bruce Vining

Back on May 5, Jeff Y. posed the following question on midrange-l (a popular i-related mailing list that you can access here):

 

"Does anyone have a UDF (or other SQL method) of taking a numeric field and returning a character value representing the value as edited via an edit code or edit word in RPG? I know that if I use CAST/SUBSTR/CONCAT that I can do this, but was looking for a neater way. Needs to be supported on V5R4 or earlier."


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