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Lead Article - Programming

Practical SQL: Field Reference Files in DDL

SQL does field reference files, too!

Written by Joe Pluta

In a previous article, I discussed how naming conventions really help in database design and programming, and in so doing I touched upon the concept of the field reference file. Field reference files are an easy way to make sure your data elements are consistent, but I'll bet you didn't know you could use them in DDL as well. In this article, I'll show you how it's done.

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Feature Article - Programming

RPG Academy: Write Better Code - More on Commenting and Documenting Strategies

This TechTip will continue to discuss the documentation topic, focusing on the tools that an RPG programmer has available and offering a few tips to help define a proper documentation strategy (even if you think you don’t need one).

Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira

One of my favorite things about “modern” languages is the self-documenting features that most of them have. For instance, Java has Javadoc, a documentation generator from Oracle Corporation that is designed to automatically produce documentation in HTML format from Java source code. The HTML format is used to add the convenience of being able to hyperlink related documents together. The “doc comments” format used by Javadoc is the de facto industry standard for documenting Java classes. Some Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), such as NetBeans and Eclipse, automatically generate Javadoc HTML code. There are a lot of file editors to assist the developer in producing Javadoc source and using the Javadoc…

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