July 11, 2018
- LEAD ARTICLE: Practical RDi: Manipulating Timestamps
- FEATURED ARTICLE: RPG Academy: Debug Done Right – Debugging Batch Jobs
- FEATURED ARTICLE: Using Keys and Output Opcodes in /Free ILE RPG
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Timestamps support flexible date arithmetic, which you can see in this practical example of a task scheduler.
By Joe Pluta
Today's article is going to be very practical indeed! We're going to use timestamps to perform some common business functions and, in so doing, learn a number of simple but effective techniques for working with these versatile variables. This is a real-world example; I am currently running a scheduler using exactly this design.
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You may say I left the best for last. Here’s how to do something impossible for the “old” ISDB: debug batch jobs!
By Rafael Victória-Pereira
One of the main advantages of the ILE debugger over its older brother, the ISDB, is the ability to debug batch jobs. Over the last TechTips, I’ve shown a few other functionalities that are way better than what the ISDB has to offer, and most of them are easy to use. Unfortunately, debugging a batch job is not as simple as debugging an interactive job; you need to take some additional steps to “catch” the batch-running program in the right moment. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
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Learn to work with keys and output opcodes, two important options for handling files in your /Free ILE RPG programs
by David Shirey
Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 6 of 21st Century RPG: /Free, ILE, and MVC, by David Shirey.
Some things in /Free have not changed from fixed format, like the opcode names for the database I/O: READ, READE, READP, READPE, CHAIN, SETLL, SETGT, UPDATE, WRITE, and DELETE.