September 11, 2020
- LEAD ARTICLE: TechTip: Entering Quotes in CL Variables — A Better Way?
- FEATURED ARTICLE: How Can I Tell Whether All the Connections to My IBM i Are Secure?
- FEATURED ARTICLE: 9 Helpful Functions for Working with Variables in CL on IBM i
- NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Study: Consumers' COVID-19 outlook, optimism and preferences vary greatly across generations and geographies
- WEBCAST: Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i
- MC VIDEO SHOWCASE: Design an Invoice in 10 Minutes
- EVENT: VIRTUAL POWERUp 2020 Rescheduled for September 14 - 18, 2020
Is there a foolproof way to enter single quotes (') in a Control Language (CL) program variable without having to double them?
By Sam Lennon
Nearly everyone knows that to embed a quotation mark in a CL variable you have to double it. To putNAME='SMITH'in a variable, you have to enter'NAME=''SMITH'''. Enter an uneven number of quote marks and the CL prompter will attempt, and nearly always fail, to fix if for you, which can make entering code challenging and sometimes frustrating. What if we could use a double quote ("), and then easily replace each with a single quote programmatically?
While it’s easy enough to know whether my own connection to IBM i is secure—that is, encrypted—how can I tell whether all connections are encrypted?
By Carol Woodbury
Some organizations have a requirement that all connections to their IBM i be encrypted. I applaud those organizations and encourage everyone to adopt this practice. Most organizations encrypt outbound connections, but not everyone encrypts internal traffic. Encrypting all communication (including internal) ensures that no passwords or data are flowing anywhere in cleartext.
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Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
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Forms of ransomware has been around for over 30 years, and with more and more organizations suffering attacks each year, it continues to endure. What has made ransomware such a durable threat and what is the best way to combat it? In order to prevent ransomware, organizations must first understand how it works.
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Ted Holt explains how to use the trim, type-conversion, and case-conversion functions in your IBM i CL programs
by Ted Holt.
Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 4 of Complete CL: Sixth Edition.
This article explains some of the various manipulations you can perform in CL to combine two or more constant or variable values: specifically, the trim, type-conversion, and case-conversion functions.