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September 1, 2010 | Volume 9 Issue 17

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TOP STORY: Practical RPG: Initialization Made Easy
FEATURED ARTICLE: Did Your User Leave an Open Job Unattended AGAIN?
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Practical RPG: Initialization Made Easy

Writing new records is a standard task in any system, and this article makes one of the steps of that process a whole lot easier.

joe_plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

One of the most critical functions of any business application is writing data to the database, which not coincidentally is one of the things that RPG does best. The whole concept of an externally described file is incredibly powerful: the ability to store data in individual fields and leave the aggregation to the compiler makes data generation a quick and simple task. However, even good techniques can still get better, and in this article, I'll show how a couple of keywords can be combined in a way that can shave precious time off of your development.


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Did Your User Leave an Open Job Unattended AGAIN?

With QINACTITV and QINACTMSG, you can manage interactive jobs when your users are out to lunch…literally.

steve_pitcherWritten by Steven C. Pitcher

In my shop, we have some users who key data all day long and others who enter data once every hour or maybe even longer. The amount of time you allow an inactive job to run is not an industry standard; what you choose must fit your business.


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