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February 5, 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 2

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: Practical RPG: More BIFs
FEATURED ARTICLE: Discover the Suspend Object (SUSOBJ) MI Instruction
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: BCD Releases WebSmart 10.1
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EVENT: DB2 for IBM i in 2014 and Beyond 

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Feature Article - Programming
 
Practical RPG: More BIFs

Built-in functions (BIFs) are powerful on their own, but together they can perform some fantastic feats!

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

In a previous article, we touched on how we can use built-in functions (BIFs) in I/O operations, a subtle but potent result of the syntactical enhancements in RPG. Using BIFs (and other expressions) in I/O operations reduces code complexity by removing work variables. Another way to reduce code complexity is just to remove lines of code. This article provides an example of how combining BIFs can do just that.


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April 7 – 9, Framingham, MA

 

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70+ sessions; NEW topics for 2014; top industry speakers; in-depth seminars; vendor expo. Register before March 7 and save.

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Northeast User Groups Conference

 

24th Annual Northeast

IBM i User Groups Conference

April 7 – 9, Framingham, MA

 

Get Connected with i

 

Connect with mobile devices

Connect to DB2/400 data

Connect to LANs, SANs & the Internet

Connect with your peers

 

70+ sessions; NEW topics for 2014; top industry speakers; in-depth seminars; vendor expo

 

Register before March 7 and save

Only $550 WITH Monday seminar!

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Feature Article - Programming
 
Discover the Suspend Object (SUSOBJ) MI Instruction

What can you do with it? Let's try some experiments and see.

junlei liWritten by Junlei Li

In the EPA Headers section of chapter 8, Objects, of his famous book, Fortress Rochester, Dr. Frank Soltis mentions that there's an object-suspended state flag in the attribute byte (the first byte) of the Encapsulated Program Architecture (EPA) header of each MI object. As you might know, the attribute byte of an MI object's EPA header contains the most critical attributes of the MI object. So when should an MI object be suspended? By which operation or MI instruction can you suspend an MI object? And what can be done to a suspended MI object? If you're curious about the answers to these questions, read on.


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