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What's Up, DOCumentation? 2002 # 6

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June 2002


Bob Green, President

To: Users of Robelle Software

Re: News of the HP e3000 and Robelle, 2002 #6

If you haven't been visiting the Robelle web site,, at least once a week, here is what you have been missing. Included are many of the stories posted to the web since the last What's Up DOC newsletter.

If you are reading a PDF or text version of this newsletter, remember that the headline of every story is actually a web link to the full story or more information. If you want to follow a link to get more information, go to the web home of the current newsletter:

Table of Contents:

Update Your Account
Add/Change CPUs
Contact Robelle

Ask Support
Technical Information
What's New?

Free Trials. Click for:
Qedit for Windows
Host-based Qedit

Ecometry Solutions
Healthcare Solutions
Education Users
Consultants Corner

Qedit for Windows
Qedit for e3000
Suprtool for e3000
Suprtool Training

About Robelle
About the HP e3000
About HP-UX

News and Upcoming Events

NewsWire: Interview with eXegeSys' Paul Dorius

About the future of manufacturing software and the HP 3000, from the 3000 NewsWire.

eXegeSys Selects ViaNova from Denkart

eXegeSys will use Ordina Denkart's ViaNova 3000 software and services to transfer the HP e3000-based eXegetic eRP suite to a wide range of open system platforms.

Robelle Tech: Syntax Coloring

Our "Robelle Tech" column in the NewsWire magazine describes the syntax highlighting feature in Qedit for Windows.

OpenMPE Report from Solutions Symposium

Jonathan Backus reports from the recent HP conference:

We emphasized that OpenMPE is NOT "open source", but rather a "Closed Source, Open Community" and that OpenMPE is not in the business of trying to talk companies out of migrating. OpenMPE is in the business of giving the community the choices they desire.

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HP Tips

Top 10 Robelle Support Questions

Here are the top ten questions answered by our tech support department.

MPE Tip: Carriage Control

With people migrating MPE reports, this article from Robelle's HP Encyclopedia on lineprinter Carriage Control (single space, page eject, overprint, etc.) should be helpful.

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Qedit for Windows Tips

16MB File a Breeze for QWIN

"I have to hand it to you and Qedit for Windows. I tried taking a look at this 16MB trace file using WordPad but it was slow and jerky and just difficult to work with. Finally it hit me, duh, what about QWIN. QWIN worked perfectly! Very clean and very fast."

Barry Durand
Allegro Consultants

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MS Windows Tips

How About a Quiet PC?

Read this column in The Register about firms that are trying to build quiet PCs.

For more Windows tips, visit the permanent location of these articles.

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Suprtool Tips

Super Suprtool Solutions

The Interex web site has a copy of Jeff Kubler's presentation at the recent HP Solutions Symposium. The slides are in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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HP-UX and Migration Planning

Transoft: Migration Tools

Transoft has a package for transforming HP 3000 applications (and other platforms). According to their web site, AMISYS has selected them as a migration partner. Transoft is offering "webinars" on their 3000 migration options.

NewsWire: Test Drive of Software Inventory Utility

The 3000 NewsWire explores this free utility from HP that aids system managers in determining and understanding what files exist on an HP 3000, as well as what the accounting structure is on a given system. The SIU scans all files, groups, directories and accounts, accumulating disk usage statistics, file code data and database information.

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Consultant: Holtenwood Computing

Here is an experienced Suprtool professional who lives on Texada Island, BC and provides IT services throughout the islands and the lower mainland of BC.

Consulant: GUI Innovations

Pete Vickers is a consultant with both HP 3000 experience and Windows experience. His product GUI3000, not only integrates Qedit for Windows, but transforms your database by building SQL files to create the new database. All keys are retained, and Master/Detail relationships are replicated by using foreign keys and constraints. Third part indexing keys are catered for. The data is exported to sequential files, and a SQL file containing the load commands is created. This gives full flexibility for the user on loading up their new database.

Consultants Corner: Cotter Kimbrough

This Atlanta firm with a long list of references has HP 3000 consultants who know both Qedit and Suprtool.


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Host-Based Qedit Tips

Porting Qedit from MPE to HP-UX

The May Robelle Tech column in the 3000 NewsWire is about the technical challenges in porting the classic Qedit editor from the HP 3000 to the HP 9000, something that Robelle accomplished over 10 years ago.

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Internet Tips

New: Journal of Object Technology

This is an article by Dave Thomas, "The Deplorable State of Class Libraries", in the inaugural issue of the new Journal of Object Technology. Dave Thomas (Bedarra Corporation, Carleton University and University of Queensland) is one of the directors of Robelle.

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Newsletter Distribution

Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. provides the What's Up, DOCumentation? newsletter as a service to our customers. The newsletter is available on the web: in HTML format for browsing and PDF format for printing. Visit

Comments about this issue, as well as ideas for future issues, including news, tips, and suggestions for articles, can be sent to

Previous Issue: May Newsletter

In case you missed the previous newsletter, here are some highlights:

- Jeff Vance's New MPE Internals Papers
- 3000 NewsWire reports on transition survey results.
- Steve Hammond's excellent column on MPEX from Vesoft for the 3000 NewsWire.
- Information about Qedit for Windows new Syntax Coloring feature
- See our new web page that helps Plan your future for your HP 3000 with resources, links and ideas on dealing with EOL announcement.
- and more.

This issue is available at the link above. For back issues, visit

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