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September 14, 2012 | Volume 9 Issue 37


TOP STORY: TechTip: Two Funny Charts: Generate Professional-Grade Charts in Your Programs, Part 9 
FEATURED ARTICLE: TechTip: Using C Functions, Part II
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Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: Two Funny Charts: Generate Professional-Grade Charts in Your Programs, Part 9

In this tip, I present two slightly unusual types of chart, named "Bars of Stuff" and "Piles of Money." Some presentations require a more humorous and lighter tone, especially if the news isn't good!

rafael victoria preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

After so many TechTips about serious charts, it's time to have a little fun, so let's start with "Bars of Stuff." This is basically a bar chart in which the bars are replaced with a cartoon-like object. The image choices include Train (default), Chocolate, Rope, Truffle, Worm, and Horse. From a technical point of view, this is a very simple chart: it supports two columns, "label" and "value," and multiple rows. There's a little trick on the rows, though: instead of showing only the title of the row next to the "bar," you can also include a string, defined by you.


Feature Article - TechTip
TechTip: Using C Functions, Part II

C functions provide capabilities that are useful to you as an RPG IV programmer.

jim martinWritten by Jim Martin

Note: This article is an excerpt from the book Functions in Free-Format RPG IV, published by MC Press.


The data types used by C functions are nearly all integer, float, and null-terminated strings. RPG IV supports all integer and float data types, and can convert null-terminal strings to RPG character fields, and vice versa (using the %str BIF). The integer and float data types available with RPG IV make it easy to pass variable data back and forth between RPG IV and C.


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