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AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

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Part 1: Subfile Foundations: (July 1992) Complete understanding of any subject begins with a starting point to build upon. Laying the foundation for subfile usage requires familiarization with underlying concepts and basic definitions. As a prelude to the specific code used to implement a subfile, this article lays out a basic understanding of what a subfile is, how one is implemented and why subfiles exist in the first place.

Part 2: Basic Subfile Coding: (August 1992) We begin examining the coding of the display file and HLL program along with the logic and structure of typical subfile programs. The article uses an example of a subfile with "Position to" capability and presents the techniques and logic changes required to code a Modified Load-All, Expanding or Page-at-a-Time subfile.

Part 3: Increased Functionality: (Sept. 1992) In this article, you learn to hone your coding skills for effective use of subfiles. The specific subfile techniques and keywords discussed will allow you to put expanded control and capability into the subfiles introduced in the previous article. Additionally, the article examines the difference between input and output subfiles and the special logic requirements for coding them.

Part 4: Fine-Tuning Your Subfiles: (Oct. 1992) You'll learn to customize subfiles for peak performance. This article examines the coding required to write effective subfiles and present them on-screen without clearing the lines behind the subfile. It further discusses cursor control, determination of cursor position and the coding of a point-and-shoot type of interface to AS/400 programs.

Variations on a roll (isn't that a pita!)

As discussed in July's "Subfile Foundations," subfiles enable programmers to present a panel of columnar data with minimal programming. They take advantage of special capabilities built into display file definitions and extensions to the HLLs supported by OS/400. The net result is that subfiles make presenting columns of information easier with their own syntax and structure that you must understand to use subfiles effectively. This article focuses on the typical logic flow of a subfile program, along with the coding of both the display file and the RPG/400 program to control it.

The goal for this article is to write a typical application which displays a list of customers on the screen in alphabetical sequence as illustrated in 1. The user can enter the name, or partial name, of a customer he is searching for; the program loads one or more screens of customers and the user locates the customer he needs. The user can then branch to an inquiry program for customer details by selecting a customer from the list.

The goal for this article is to write a typical application which displays a list of customers on the screen in alphabetical sequence as illustrated in Figure 1. The user can enter the name, or partial name, of a customer he is searching for; the program loads one or more screens of customers and the user locates the customer he needs. The user can then branch to an inquiry program for customer details by selecting a customer from the list.

Last month, we covered three methods for processing subfiles: load-all, expanding, and page-at-a-time. The first program executed in this article uses the load-all method. Modifications to the program are also presented to demonstrate the other two methods.

In order to code this application, we must:

1. Create a display file that has the subfile DDS built into it.

2. Determine the logic flow of the program to control the screen.

3. Code the HLL program to implement the logic.

Screen Definition

For clear and easy definition, we break the screen into three record formats. The first format (named HEADER) includes the title, date and time, the selection fields and the headings for the subfile. This format also works as the subfile control format which contains the keywords that control the subfile. The second format is the subfile format itself (named DETAIL) which describes the information about each customer to list in the subfile. The third format, TRAILER, displays output constants that describe the available function keys. Since there are no overlay or windowing keywords on the TRAILER format, it will clear the screen whenever it is written.

The header format has an OVERLAY keyword associated with it (and the related subfile) so that it can coexist with the TRAILER, rather than clearing the screen whenever it is written. The display file (2) is defined either by directly coding the DDS with SEU or by using SDA to select the required keywords and visually lay out each format. The order in which the record formats are specified in the DDS source member is important. The display file compiler expects to process the subfile record format prior to the control record format that controls it. If we use SDA when defining a subfile, it prompts for the control format name and places the records in the right order in the DDS source.

The header format has an OVERLAY keyword associated with it (and the related subfile) so that it can coexist with the TRAILER, rather than clearing the screen whenever it is written. The display file (Figure 2) is defined either by directly coding the DDS with SEU or by using SDA to select the required keywords and visually lay out each format. The order in which the record formats are specified in the DDS source member is important. The display file compiler expects to process the subfile record format prior to the control record format that controls it. If we use SDA when defining a subfile, it prompts for the control format name and places the records in the right order in the DDS source.

The DETAIL record has the SFL keyword identifying it as a subfile, and the HEADER record has the SFLCTL keyword which identifies the DETAIL format as the subfile it controls. All user interaction (data entry, function keys, selections and so forth) is performed through the HEADER format. The HEADER format accepts the customer name the user keys to position the subfile, while the DETAIL format is used to load up the records and to read back records the user has selected. The point to remember is that the subfile control record and the subfile record both pass data back to the program when the control record is read.

The HEADER record contains what we will call the Basic Six subfile keywords:

SFLSIZ (subfile size): The initial size of the subfile when the display file is opened.

SFLPAG (subfile page): The number of records that should appear on the screen at a time.

SFLDSP (subfile display): Controls the display of the subfile information.

SFLDSPCTL (subfile display control): Controls the display of the control format.

SFLCLR (subfile clear): Controls clearing the records currently in the subfile.

SFLEND (subfile end): Controls the "+" (or More...) indicating more records exist.

In our sample, the first two keywords define the subfile with five pages of 10 records per page. The last four keywords have conditioning indicators associated with them. Through deft manipulation of these indicators in our HLL program, we control which of these DDS keywords is active. In so doing, we control whether a write to our control record (HEADER) will:

1. Display the header format only. We accomplish this by turning on the indicator that conditions the SFL-DSPCTL keyword, and turning off the indicator that conditions the SFLDSP keyword.

2. Display the header along with the contents of the subfile. To do this, we turn on the indicators that condition SFLDSP and SFLDSPCTL.

3. Purge the contents of the subfile. This is carried out by turning on the indicator that conditions the SFLCLR keyword.

4. Indicate that the display file should control the last page indicator based upon what is currently loaded into the subfile.

In our example, we have chosen four consecutive indicators for these switches. To quote the knight in Indiana Jones' The Last Crusade, we have chosen wisely-by making them consecutive, we can set all the indicators with a single MOVE operation.

The balance of the DDS source should not hold any mysteries. We have a series of output constants and referenced database fields, your standard collection of command keys, PRINT, BLINK, and other straightforward source code elements. The screen field names (with the exception of the @NAME field) are straight references to the database file, eliminating the need for move operations in our code.

Subfile Program Logic

In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, upon first meeting the Cheshire Cat, Alice asks, "Cheshire Cat, can you tell me which way to go?" "Where are you going?" the cat replies. Alice says, "I really don't know." The cat answers, "Then it really doesn't matter which way you go." The same thing applies to programming. If you don't know where you are going in the first place, it doesn't matter where you begin (and your code reflects that when you are done).

Every subfile program has a certain number of standard sections. Before we start coding anything, let's make sure we understand the steps to be performed. Applying the structured concepts of sequence-condition-iteration, we can design the structure and flow before we code it. For our first program, we shall assume a load-all form of subfile, i.e., that we intend to load all the eligible records into the subfile at once and only reload if the search name changes. Load-all does not necessarily mean that we will load the entire file into the subfile. We will load a number of pages when we perform the load routine and let the user scroll through that fixed set of pages. If he wants to go beyond that range, he must provide a new starting name to reposition the search, and the program then reloads the subfile. For this program to function, the following things must happen (order of function execution is not a concern at this point):

Display a list of hits back to the user.

Display detail for any records the user selects.

Load the records from the database into the subfile.

Position our file based on the name the user is requesting.

Ask the user for a name to start.

Clear the current set of records from the subfile.

If we can assume that this is a reasonable statement of the processes that must occur, let's determine the logic of the program.

Sequence

First, we organize the steps into a reasonable order. The reasonable order varies significantly from one programmer to the next and is largely determined by the programmer's age, sex, socio-economic background, sexual preference, biorhythm schedule, horoscope and, of course, number of cups of coffee consumed. We will choose the following as our reasonable order:

1. Request the name to start with.

2. Clear the subfile.

3. Position the database file based upon the search name.

4. Load the records into the subfile.

5. Display the header/detail to the user.

6. Process any selections.

Iteration or Looping

Once we have determined the sequence of the steps, we need to decide which ones should happen repetitively. The way we want this hummer to work is to display the HEADER first time through, get the name to start with, and then keep displaying the header and detail to the user until he walks away from his terminal and the job times out, turns off the tube and goes home, or presses F3 or F12. This program is harmless enough that we don't need to worry about the first two, but we should code the function keys to exit. So let's introduce some iteration.

Request the name to start with

Until F3 or F12 is pressed

Clear the subfile

Position the file based upon the search name

Load the records into the subfile

Display the header/detail to the user

Process any selections

Conditional Processing

Next, we examine the structure we have and decide which things have to happen all the time and which should be done only under certain conditions. If F3 is pressed on the very first screen, we really don't want to do anything else. We only want to clear, position and load if the starting name changed. We want to process selections only if there were detail records shown in the first place (the search could have yielded no results). So we might wind up with program logic something like this:

Request the name to start with

While F3 and F12 are not pressed

If the search name changed

Clear the subfile.

Position the file based upon the search name

Load the records into the subfile

Display the header/detail to the user

If detail records were displayed

Process any selections

HLL Program Code

Now we can translate this program logic to HLL code and write the program (see 5, page 34). We are using RPG/400 to code the examples in this article, although we could just as easily choose COBOL or PL/I or C/400 (well, some of us might just as easily write in these languages). We must first identify to the RPG program the fact that there is a subfile in this display file. This is done in the file specifications with a file (K)ontinuation line. This line identifies a subfile record format and associates an internal RPG variable to act as its relative record number pointer. Once this is established, we can write to any record within the subfile by loading the record number into the pointer (RRN in our example) and writing to the subfile. Remember, subfiles work like direct files-we access a particular subfile record via its relative position in the subfile.

Now we can translate this program logic to HLL code and write the program (see Figure 5, page 34). We are using RPG/400 to code the examples in this article, although we could just as easily choose COBOL or PL/I or C/400 (well, some of us might just as easily write in these languages). We must first identify to the RPG program the fact that there is a subfile in this display file. This is done in the file specifications with a file (K)ontinuation line. This line identifies a subfile record format and associates an internal RPG variable to act as its relative record number pointer. Once this is established, we can write to any record within the subfile by loading the record number into the pointer (RRN in our example) and writing to the subfile. Remember, subfiles work like direct files-we access a particular subfile record via its relative position in the subfile.

We now get into the working portion of the code-the Calculation specifications. The mainline of the program is written to follow the logic we determined in the previous section. As you can see, the structure chart maps almost line-for-line to the mainline. We could write this program entirely in- line, but the subroutines allow us to focus on each section of code a bit more easily.

The first step, according to our logic model, is to get the initial name to start the search. This is accomplished in the *INZSR subroutine (*INZSR runs automatically at program initialization so we do not have to call it with EXSR) by setting our four switches (indicators 31-34) to show just the HEADER format to the user and inviting his response. Indicator 32 controls when to show the subfile control format which, in our case, is the HEADER. By setting it on and the other indicators off, only HEADER is shown when we EXFMT the HEADER.

The next process (subroutine CLEAR) clears the subfile contents. This is done by setting our four switches. We set the clear indicator on and set off the indicators for both the subfile and the subfile control format. Next, we write the HEADER format and initialize the RRN field. As a general practice, we should also reset the controlling switches to turn off the clear switch and set the control format display switch on after writing the format.

In subroutine POSIT, we take the customer name entered by the user and position the file to the first record in the file that matches or comes closest to the selection using SETLL.

The LOAD subroutine then reads records from the CUSTMST file and loads them into the subfile. The RRN variable is incremented before each write, which places the data from the database into successive records of the subfile. Loading ends when either the end of the database file is reached, or the subfile size is reached. Indicator 34 will turn on if the database file reaches EOF controlling the + (or More...) at the bottom of the screen. Specifying indicator 95 in columns 58-59 of the WRITE statement to the subfile is a special use of the WRITE operation code for subfile record formats. This technique allows us to put a scrollable window over even a very large file with minimal coding. The user will be able to scroll only through the number of pages that we load.

Once we have loaded the subfile, we want to display it to the user (subroutine DISPLY). This is done by setting the four conditioning indicators and running an EXFMT operation of the control record HEADER. If, after coming out of the load routine, our RRN field is still zero, we know that there were no records loaded into the subfile and therefore we should not try to display it. (If you do try to display an empty subfile, the world ends as we know it, and so does your program!) We have chosen to redisplay the HEADER to get a new name if no records were found, and not bother with a "No records found" message.

When the user presses the Enter key, the program runs the PROCES subroutine. This routine searches the subfile for records that the user has selected using the READC operation code. READC functions just like any other READ operation- the indicator in columns 58-59 comes on only when no record is read. For each subfile record in which the user entered an option of 5, we call a subprogram to handle the inquiry display. After processing the selections, the program blanks the SELECT field and posts it back to the subfile, since we only reload when a new name is entered.

From this example, you begin to get a feel for the basic routines needed in a typical subfile program. This load-all style can be quite appropriate for a production environment, depending on the application. It does have some drawbacks, however, in that we set aside space in the PAG for the entire size of the subfile and load the entire size, even if we don't normally use all the records.

Expanding Subfile

Let's take a look at the changes that would be involved if instead we wrote an expanding subfile. The expanding version of this subfile will lessen our PAG space at the expense of a possible performance overhead. If the user requests more records than we have allocated for the subfile size, the subfile will expand dynamically. Naturally, this creates a performance hit just like any noncontiguous file.

Our program performs the same basic routines; but because we're now operating in an expanding subfile context, we should add a ROLLUP (PAGEDOWN) key to the display file and change some of the conditions when certain things are done.

First, the differences in the screen. 3 (page 32) shows the changes necessary to make the DDS in 2 work as an expanding subfile-replace the entire highlighted section. The only statements that actually change are the two new statements highlighted in 3. We are adding a ROLLUP keyword to the display file on the HEADER record. The keyword is conditioned on indicator 34, the same indicator that controls the subfile end keyword. If indicator 34 is on, it means the last pass of the load routine has read to the end of the file, so it does not make sense to allow the user to attempt to roll again.

First, the differences in the screen. Figure 3 (page 32) shows the changes necessary to make the DDS in Figure 2 work as an expanding subfile-replace the entire highlighted section. The only statements that actually change are the two new statements highlighted in Figure 3. We are adding a ROLLUP keyword to the display file on the HEADER record. The keyword is conditioned on indicator 34, the same indicator that controls the subfile end keyword. If indicator 34 is on, it means the last pass of the load routine has read to the end of the file, so it does not make sense to allow the user to attempt to roll again.

The SFLRCDNBR keyword provides control over which page of the subfile is displayed when the subfile is presented. It uses a hidden field associated with this keyword to set the subfile record number. This contains the number of a record whose page you want presented-i.e., if the page size is 10, any value between 1 and 10 would show page one, 11-20 would show page two, and so on. We did not require this keyword on the first program since we always loaded the whole enchilada up front and always started from page one. I have chosen to use the RRN field to control the page displayed. This ensures that the page last loaded (or processed) is redisplayed.

The RPG program requires only a little modification as well. Add the lines of code in 6a to the mainline, replacing the highlighted EXSR DISPLY statement to execute the load routine if the ROLLUP indicator is on. There are a few ways this can be done, but this particular method is clear and easy to follow. The rest of the changes take place in the LOAD routine. Replace the entire LOAD subroutine with the code in 6b. The loop is modified to do just one page worth rather than continuing until the subfile is full.

The RPG program requires only a little modification as well. Add the lines of code in Figure 6a to the mainline, replacing the highlighted EXSR DISPLY statement to execute the load routine if the ROLLUP indicator is on. There are a few ways this can be done, but this particular method is clear and easy to follow. The rest of the changes take place in the LOAD routine. Replace the entire LOAD subroutine with the code in Figure 6b. The loop is modified to do just one page worth rather than continuing until the subfile is full.

Remember that the subfile automatically expands as long as you define the subfile size as larger than the subfile page. The subfile as it exists after the statements were added from 6a contains no code to limit the number of pages a user can load. Without some exception code to put a "reasonable" cap on this, the user could load 100 pages before the program bombs when it exceeds the maximum number of records allowed (subfiles can never have more than 9999 records).

Remember that the subfile automatically expands as long as you define the subfile size as larger than the subfile page. The subfile as it exists after the statements were added from Figure 6a contains no code to limit the number of pages a user can load. Without some exception code to put a "reasonable" cap on this, the user could load 100 pages before the program bombs when it exceeds the maximum number of records allowed (subfiles can never have more than 9999 records).

Page-at-a-Time

The last example is a page-at-a-time subfile. It stores only the records currently shown on the screen in the subfile. Both the ROLLUP and ROLLDOWN keywords are coded in the display file's DDS, and the subfile contents are cleared each time one of these keys is pressed.

We must modify the screen to make the subfile page equal to the subfile size by replacing the highlighted section of 2 with the code in 4 (page 32). This adds a ROLLDOWN key to the HEADER record. At this point, we want to code a conditioning indicator so that the ROLLDOWN is processed only when it is appropriate (i.e., there are records available to be shown). We also want to remove the SFLRCDNBR we added for the expanding subfile example, since a page-at-a-time subfile by definition loads only one page.

We must modify the screen to make the subfile page equal to the subfile size by replacing the highlighted section of Figure 2 with the code in Figure 4 (page 32). This adds a ROLLDOWN key to the HEADER record. At this point, we want to code a conditioning indicator so that the ROLLDOWN is processed only when it is appropriate (i.e., there are records available to be shown). We also want to remove the SFLRCDNBR we added for the expanding subfile example, since a page-at-a-time subfile by definition loads only one page.

The program logic needs to be modified so that we clear the subfile on each roll key and the logic to handle the ROLLDOWN key is added. To accomplish this, insert the code shown in 7a into the mainline routine shown in 5, replacing the highlighted EXSR DISPLY statement. The basic program logic remains the same.

The program logic needs to be modified so that we clear the subfile on each roll key and the logic to handle the ROLLDOWN key is added. To accomplish this, insert the code shown in Figure 7a into the mainline routine shown in Figure 5, replacing the highlighted EXSR DISPLY statement. The basic program logic remains the same.

The largest change is the introduction of a ROLLBACK routine, which can be achieved through a number of varying techniques and styles. We could read back two pages worth and then run the regular load routine; or read back to the top of the page and then load the last page in reverse; or keep track of the top of each page and use that to go to prior pages. There is no perfect ROLLBACK routine! Different techniques work better in different situations-are the search keys unique? Is the data dynamic? Is performance the most critical factor? For simplicity, we are holding the first key on each page in an array and using that for navigation. Insert the statement in 7b after the F- specs.

The largest change is the introduction of a ROLLBACK routine, which can be achieved through a number of varying techniques and styles. We could read back two pages worth and then run the regular load routine; or read back to the top of the page and then load the last page in reverse; or keep track of the top of each page and use that to go to prior pages. There is no perfect ROLLBACK routine! Different techniques work better in different situations-are the search keys unique? Is the data dynamic? Is performance the most critical factor? For simplicity, we are holding the first key on each page in an array and using that for navigation. Insert the statement in Figure 7b after the F- specs.

The load routine is modified to increment the TOPS array index "T" each pass. This index gets initialized each time we reposition the search. Within the load loop, we capture the key of the first record on the page, as shown in 7c. Replace the entire LOAD subroutine with the code in 7c.

The load routine is modified to increment the TOPS array index "T" each pass. This index gets initialized each time we reposition the search. Within the load loop, we capture the key of the first record on the page, as shown in Figure 7c. Replace the entire LOAD subroutine with the code in Figure 7c.

The ROLLBACK routine BACKUP (7d) uses the keys stored in the array TOPS to reposition to the top of the last page. The load routine is then called to refill the subfile. This technique limits the ROLLBACK so that it does not go beyond the first page of the search. This is handled by controlling when the ROLLDOWN key can be pressed. Add the BACKUP subroutine in 7d to the end of program.

The ROLLBACK routine BACKUP (Figure 7d) uses the keys stored in the array TOPS to reposition to the top of the last page. The load routine is then called to refill the subfile. This technique limits the ROLLBACK so that it does not go beyond the first page of the search. This is handled by controlling when the ROLLDOWN key can be pressed. Add the BACKUP subroutine in Figure 7d to the end of program.

Add Method to Your Madness

The HLL program logic really changes very little from one method of subfile processing to the next. The amount of time you want to put into the code should vary based upon the importance of a particular program to the application. Each of these subfile techniques has its merits, and each can be implemented from one basic shell. The key is not to get into a rut of coding all subfiles one way. Match the method to the application.

Our next article examines more of the subtleties of subfile processing, as well as some of the more exotic keywords and techniques. Until then, enjoy!


AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 1 Screen for sample application

 
  Figure 1:  Screen for Sample Application 
 
                           Work With Customers                   Date   6/16/92 
                                                                 Time  21:42:26 
     Position to name... A 
 
    Type options, press Enter. 
 
      5=Display 
 
      Opt  Customer    Customer                            Credit 
              No.      Name                                 Limit 
       _      150      Alliance Gas Co.                     60000.00 
       _      950      Anaconda Supplies Inc.              300000.00 
       _      550      Autocut Distributors Inc.            54000.00 
       _      900      Boxcar Supplies Inc.                300000.00 
       _      500      Distrends Inc.                       54000.00 
       _      100      Duplo Products Inc.                  60000.00 
       _      200      Dynopipe Inc.                        50000.00 
       _      250      Ever Ready Pipes Inc.                50000.00 
       _      300      Fabricators Unlimited Inc.           75000.00 
       _     1000      Integrated Dynamics Inc.            275000.00      + 
 
      F3=Exit   F12=Cancel 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 2 Display file XRD002DF

 
       A                                      DSPSIZ(24 80 *DS3) 
       A                                      REF(CUSTMST) 
       A                                      PRINT 
       A                                      CA03(03) 
       A                                      CA12(12) 
       A          R DETAIL                    SFL 
       A            SELECT         1A  I 12  6 
       A            CSNUM     R        O 12 11 
       A            CSNAME    R        O 12 23 
       A            CSCRLT    R        O 12 56EDTCDE(1) 
       A          R HEADER                    SFLCTL(DETAIL) 
       A                                      OVERLAY 
       A                                      SFLSIZ(0050) 
       A                                      SFLPAG(0010) 
       A  31                                  SFLDSP 
       A  32                                  SFLDSPCTL 
       A  33                                  SFLCLR 
       A  34                                  SFLEND 
       A                                  1 31'Work with Customers' 
       A                                      DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                  1 68'Date' 
       A                                  1 73DATE EDTCDE(Y) 
       A                                  2 68'Time' 
       A                                  2 73TIME 
       A                                  4  2'Position to name:' 
       A            @CNAME    R        B  4 21REFFLD(CSNAME CUSTMST) 
       A                                  6  2'Type options, press Enter' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 
       A                                  7  5'5=Display' COLOR(BLU) 
       A                                 10 10'Customer' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 10 23'Customer' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 10 59'Credit' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 11  5'Opt' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 11 12'No.' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 11 23'Name' DSPATR(HI) 
       A                                 11 60'Limit' DSPATR(HI) 
       A          R TRAILER 
       A                                 23  2'F3=Exit   F12=Cancel' 
       A                                      COLOR(BLU) 

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Figure 3 DDS modication for expanding subfile

 
       A          R HEADER                    SFLCTL(DETAIL) 
       A                                      OVERLAY 
       A N34                                  ROLLUP(25) 
       A                                      SFLSIZ(0050) 
       A                                      SFLPAG(0010) 
       A  31                                  SFLDSP 
       A  32                                  SFLDSPCTL 
       A  33                                  SFLCLR 
       A  34                                  SFLEND 
       A            RRN            3  0H      SFLRCDNBR 

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Figure 4 DDS modificaiton for page-at-a-time subfile

 
       A          R HEADER                    SFLCTL(DETAIL) 
       A                                      OVERLAY 
       A                                      SFLSIZ(0010) 
       A                                      SFLPAG(0010) 
       A N34                                  ROLLUP(25) 
       A N35                                  ROLLDOWN(26) 
       A  31                                  SFLDSP 
       A  32                                  SFLDSPCTL 
       A  33                                  SFLCLR 
       A  34                                  SFLEND 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 5 RPG program code

 
        * Indicator usage:  03 - F3 response indicator 
        *                   12 - F12 response indicator 
        *                   31 - Display subfile contents 
        *                   32 - Display subfile control record 
        *                   33 - Clear the subfile 
        *                   34 - Control display of "+" 
        * 
        **************************************************************** 
       FCUSTMST IF  E           K        DISK 
       FXRD002DFCF  E                    WORKSTN 
       F                                        RRN   KSFILE DETAIL 
        * 
        * This is a no-cycle program 
       C                     MOVE *ON       *INLR 
        * 
        * Mainline:  Do until user presses F3 or F12 
       C           *IN03     DOWEQ*OFF 
       C           *IN12     ANDEQ*OFF 
        * 
        * Only reload if the search name changes 
       C           HLDNAM    IFNE @CNAME 
       C                     EXSR CLEAR 
       C                     EXSR POSIT 
       C                     EXSR LOAD 
       C                     MOVEL@CNAME    HLDNAM 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * 
       C                     EXSR DISPLY 
        * 
        * Process the selections if the user is still game 
       C           *IN03     IFEQ *OFF 
       C           *IN12     ANDEQ*OFF 
       C           RRN       ANDNE*ZERO 
       C                     EXSR PROCES 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ENDDO 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  *INZSR 
        ** Purpose:  First pass logic 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           *INZSR    BEGSR 
        * Set up a hold name and initialize it to all 9's 
       C           *LIKE     DEFN CSNAME    HLDNAM 
       C                     MOVE *ALL'9'   HLDNAM 
        * 
        * Get the starting name 
       C                     MOVEA'0100'    *IN,31 
       C                     WRITETRAILER 
       C                     EXFMTHEADER 
       C                     ENDSR 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  CLEAR 
        * Purpose:  Clear the subfile and RRN 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           CLEAR     BEGSR 
       C                     MOVEA'001'     *IN,31 
       C                     WRITEHEADER 
       C                     Z-ADD*ZERO     RRN     30 
       C                     WRITETRAILER 
        * 
        * Reset for the next process 
       C                     MOVEA'010'     *IN,31 
       C                     ENDSR 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  POSIT 
        * Purpose:  Position the file based upon the name 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           POSIT     BEGSR 
       C           @CNAME    SETLLCUSTMST 
       C                     ENDSR 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  LOAD 
        * Purpose:  Load the subfile 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           LOAD      BEGSR 
       C           *IN34     DOUEQ*ON 
       C           *IN95     OREQ *ON 
       C                     READ CUSTREC                  34 
       C           *IN34     IFEQ *OFF 
       C                     ADD  1         RRN 
       C                     WRITEDETAIL 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ENDDO 
       C                     ENDSR 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  DISPLY 
        * Purpose:  Display the HEADER/DETAIL 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           DISPLY    BEGSR 
        * 
        * Set the subfile display indicator if records are loaded 
       C           RRN       IFNE *ZERO 
       C                     MOVE *ON       *IN31 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     EXFMTHEADER 
       C                     ENDSR 
        **************************************************************** 
        * Subroutine name:  PROCES 
        * Purpose:  Process the user's selections 
        **************************************************************** 
       C           PROCES    BEGSR 
        * 
        * Locate all the selected records 
       C           *IN95     DOUEQ*ON 
       C                     READCDETAIL                   95 
       C           *IN95     IFEQ *OFF 
        * 
       C           SELECT    IFEQ '5' 
       C                     CALL 'CUSTDSP' 
       C                     PARM           CSNUM 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * 
        * Insure the SELECT field is reset 
       C                     CLEARSELECT 
       C                     UPDATDETAIL 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ENDDO 
       C                     ENDSR 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 6A Mainline modificaiton for expanding subfile

 
       C                     EXSR DISPLY 
       C           *IN25     IFEQ *ON 
       C                     EXSR LOAD 
       C                     ENDIF 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 6B LOAD subroutine for expanding subfile

 
       C           LOAD      BEGSR 
       C           1         DO   10        X       30 
       C                     READ CUSTREC                  34 
        * 
       C           *IN34     IFEQ *ON 
       C                     LEAVE 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * 
       C                     ADD  1         RRN 
       C                     WRITEDETAIL 
       C                     ENDDO 
       C                     ENDSR 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 7A Mainline modification for page-at-a-time subfile

 
       C                     EXSR DISPLY 
        * Reposition to the prior page - ROLLDOWN key 
       C           *IN26     IFEQ *ON 
       C                     EXSR CLEAR 
       C                     EXSR BACKUP 
       C                     EXSR LOAD 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * Load another page on a ROLLUP key 
       C           *IN25     IFEQ *ON 
       C                     EXSR CLEAR 
       C                     EXSR LOAD 
       C                     MOVE *OFF      *IN35 
       C                     ENDIF 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 7B E-spec for page-at-a-time subfile

 
       E                    TOPS      100 30 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 7C LOAD subroutine for page-at-a-time subfile

 
       C           LOAD      BEGSR 
       C                     ADD  1         T       30 
        * 
       C           1         DO   10        X       30 
       C                     READ CUSTREC                  34 
        * 
       C           *IN34     IFEQ *ON 
       C                     LEAVE 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * 
       C           X         IFEQ 1 
       C                     MOVELCSNAME    TOPS,T 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * 
       C                     ADD  1         RRN 
       C                     WRITEDETAIL 
       C                     ENDDO 
       C                     ENDSR 

AS/400 Subfile Programming Part II: Basic Coding

Figure 7D Rollback subroutine for page-at-a-time subfile

 
       C           BACKUP    BEGSR 
        * Backup to the first record on the prior page 
       C           T         IFGE 2 
       C                     SUB  1         T 
       C           TOPS,T    SETLLCUSTNAME 
       C                     SUB  1         T 
       C                     ENDIF 
        * Set the ROLLBACK control indicator 
       C           T         IFEQ *ZERO 
       C                     MOVE *ON       *IN35 
       C                     ELSE 
       C                     MOVE *OFF      *IN35 
       C                     ENDIF 
       C                     ENDSR 
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  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
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  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    • Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    • How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    • High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success in 2018.
    You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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    Let’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch noted security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    • Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    • Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    • Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    • Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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    Get actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying?
    It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

    Plus, our experts will provide a live demonstration of how implementing a document management solution will quickly solve your paper-based problems, so you can be more

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • TRY the One Package That Solves All Your Document Design and Printing Challenges

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    Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Why support 5 different products, when you can do it all with MarkMagic?

    - Drive over 450 different printer types.
    - Create invoices, statements, checks.
    - Set dynamic rules that transform output on the fly.
    - Conditionally distribute via Email, fax, or PDF.
    - Integrate with your current applications in minutes.
    - Preview printing on screen.
    - Native System i, Windows, AIX, Linux.

    Try MarkMagic today for free

  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

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    Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable.
    Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits.
    Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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    Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution.
    Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Keep your critical applications and data available. Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

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    The thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution.
    Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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    For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. brKey features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • MS Office Connector for Query/400...FREE Trial!

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    NGS' Qport Office enables Windows users to run IBM Query/400 queries to:
    - Create and update Excel spreadsheets and Access databases
    - Create Word documents
    - Send to Windows screen and PC printers
    No query conversion is required. Works with i5/OS V5R1 & above. Installs in minutes!
    If you don’t have a budget to replace IBM Query/400, but want your users to have one click enhanced output of their queries.... Request the online license agreement and product download instructions today!
    Offer good through December 31, 2016.

  • Control and Monitor User Access from Desktop PCs (ODBC, FTP)

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    Protect your company by monitoring network traffic to your IBM i servers with the industry-leading exit program, PowerTech Network Security.
    Without visibility into IBM i's exit points, your users could be viewing, changing, or even deleting sensitive data—and you wouldn’t know!
    Network Security lets you monitor and control access to over 30 exit points, including:

    - ODBC
    - FTP
    - DDM
    - Remote command
    - Fileserve (mapped drives to IFS)
    It’s easy to set up custom access rules and get notified in real-time when security events occur.
    Stop “back door” access today. Try Network Security free for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

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    More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. Managing the complexities of today's operating systems, business applications, and networks challenges even the most knowledgeable IT professionals. The cost to an enterprise of unplanned downtime, loss of human expertise during sick leave or vacation, and system/application or environmental failure can be devastating. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center (and staff) efficiency.