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October 6, 2010 | Volume 9 Issue 19

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Practical RDPi: Managing Message Descriptions
FEATURED ARTICLE: Sometimes Programs and Procedures Want to Know: Who Am I?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: CODA Financials Released on IBM i 7.1
FORUM: Mail Merge from System i to Word
MC STORE: Top 10 Best-Selling Titles for September 2010

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Feature Article - Programming
 
Practical RDPi: Managing Message Descriptions

Message descriptions are one of the unsung heroes of IBM i application development, and this article shows you how to use RDPi to manage them with ease.

joe_plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

The message description is unique to the IBM i. The concept is simple: a seven-character key provides a link to a fully featured message, which supports both a short version suitable for presentation on a user display and a long message with enough information to provide full diagnostic and help capabilities. Such a basic idea, yet message descriptions provide a wide range of capabilities. For example, messages are contained in a message file,m and internationalization is as simple as supplying a different message file for the locale. The i had i18n before i18n was cool!


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Feature Article - Programming
 
Sometimes Programs and Procedures Want to Know: Who Am I?

If you were a program, could you answer this question?

junlei_liWritten by Junlei Li

In software programming, sometimes a program, a procedure, or a process or thread needs to answer the question: "Who am I?" For example, in an error-logging framework, after getting the answer to this question, the error-logging framework might write a log entry like the following: "Failed to allocate heap storage in SOMELIB/SOMEPGM, procedure FOO of module BAR. From job QZDASOINITQUSER      123456, thread 00000030." To answer the "Who am I?" question, programmers could hard-code names of programs or procedures everywhere log entries need to be written, but doing that is obviously error-prone and will make code hard to maintain. A utility that can answer this question on behalf of any program or procedure will significantly reduce the efforts in maintaining code that writes log entries.


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  1. You Want To Do WHAT with PHP?
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  6. Functions in Free-Format RPG IV
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