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May 13, 2015 | Volume 10 Issue 5


TOP STORY:  Sending Messages on IBM i, Part 1
FEATURED NEWS: Strategic Partnership Brings the Power of CLOUDFAX400 and IMPSCLOUD.COM Technology to the IBM Cloud
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Kisco Announces Two Factor Authentication Tool for IBM i
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EVENT: The Importance of VIOS and How to Achieve Watertight Integrated Monitoring
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Sending Messages on IBM i, Part 1

Messages serve many purposes: to provide information, to ask a question and request a reply, and to solicit some action on the recipient's part.

Written by Jim Buck, Bryan Meyers, and Dan Riehl

Editor's note: This article is an excerpt from Chapter 16, "Advanced Message Handling," of Control Language Programming for IBM i.


Understanding how messages work is an important part of writing good CL programs. In fact, without at least a basic understanding of messages, your CL programs will be error-prone and, in many cases, unreliable.


IBM i is driven by messages. Messages are used for a multitude of different purposes, including initiating jobs, executing commands, communicating between programs, signaling error conditions, letting users communicate with each other, and letting jobs communicate with users.


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Featured News
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International Presence Limited announces a strategic partnership with IBM that brings the power of their CloudFAX400 and technology to the IBM Cloud marketplace.


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PowerTech Compliance Monitor simplifies the task of audit reporting. It comes with a set of reports for SOX, PCI, and even MICS gaming standards.

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