Recent News and Tips
From the 3000 NewsWire:
Whether HP’s database labs want to take a bite is still uncertain. A meeting of IMAGE/SQL experts and enthusiasts turned into an impartial jury at HP World, when the SIG-IMAGE/SQL group voted to approve the long-dormant Enchilada database upgrade proposal. The Enchilada — a nickname for the ENhancement for caCHIng Limited Authorized DAta — was first dreamed up late in 1998 as a way to provide a host of improved database services to HP 3000 customers.
We have converted the Qedit/iX manual to PDF format for printing and
HTML Help format for browsing. Both are available on our web site for download:
Qedit for MPE manual
Qedit for MPE Change Notice
John Burke has a web page with the best of his columns from
The 3000 NewsWire.
Edit your Suprtool jobs and test them, all from a friendly Windows environment.
Read this article about Qedit for Windows in the public area of the 3000 NewsWire.
September 24-26 (Monday through Wednesday) will be the HP Dutch World conference.
Organizers expect over 2,000 visitors, which is a lot for the Netherlands.
Robelle's distributor, Samco,
wil have a booth there, with an HP e3000 A400, a demo financial application
and, of course, all of Robelle's products.
Selecting text is a basic technique in all Windows applications,
including Qedit for Windows. Everything starts with the
"basic swipe". But Qedit offers much more than that, including easy ways to
extend selections, rectangular selections, and even select to a saved position.
For a comprehensive review of all the selection techniques, click the link above.
Curtis Larsen has written an excellent
introduction to Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Curtis explains that
LDAP allows you to create directories of information similar to what you would see in a telephone book. Any information you want to store for later quick retrieval: names, telephone numbers, conference room capacities, addresses, directions — even picture or sound files. Using directories such as these is an incredible time-saver (can’t you think of company applications for one already?), but LDAP can do so much more. The directories you create are wholly up to you, so the sky’s the limit.
This is a timely article, since LDAP is now available on the 3000.
Robelle has made it even easier to access our What's Up DOCumentation
newletter! We have upgraded our newsletter to be available exclusively on
the web at www.robelle.com/library/newsletter/. You can get it in
HTML format for browsing and PDF format for printing. Starting now, and in
the future, the What's Up DOCumentation newsletter will take advantage of
the internet to provide better information, more often and more quickly.
Starting with this special double issue, we are also going to publish more
The September 2001 issue contains these highlights and more:
* HP World 2001 photo's and news, including "Bob Green's Top Ten Software
Tips from the Dark Side", and notes from the sessions with Winston Prather
and David Snow.
* Importing HPe3000 Data into mySQL
* Edit Report Layouts By Row and Column with Qedit for Windows
* Sync-up Your Master Totals with Suprtool's Update-From-Table
The August 2001 issue contains these highlights and more:
* An Introduction to IMAGE Internals
* What's New in Qedit and Qedit for Windows
* Converting from Image to HTML
* Accessing a File's Pathname in Qedit for Windows
* Working with Single-Byte Integers in Suprtool
Browse the HTML issues:
September 2001, issue #5
August 2001, issue #4
Download the PDF issues
September 2001, issue #5, PDF format
August 2001, issue #4, PDF format
By Dave Lo
After you have created a PRN file from Suprtool with the Output,PRN command
or the STExport module, you may
discover that your other application wants to have a header record.
The STExport module of Suprtool has the ability to define a header, but
the Output,PRN command does not.
no longer have the original data for recreating the PRN file with STExport,
you can add a header record another way:
1. pre-build a file big enough for the output
setvar recsize finfo("yourfile","recsize")
setvar eof finfo("yourfile","eof")+1
2. write the header
echo "your header","etc." > *newfile
3. copy in the rest (you can even use Fcopy if you don't have Suprtool)
The NewsWire highlights Chris Bartram and his work on improving
security for Ecometry sites.
MPE/iX Release 7.0, Express 1 is ready. This is the release that enables multiprocessing on the A-class and N-class systems, as well as a number of other technologies. Join HP for this 1-hour webcast seminar, hosted by HP's own George Stachnik. To register for this program,
go to www.hp.com/go/e3000 and click
on the Webcast link.
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 AM Pacific
We have been taking a vote of our customers about what format and media they
prefer best for program documentation. And the winner is PDF format, downloaded from the web.
Here are the rankings:
37% - web download, PDF format
6% - web download, MS Word format
23% - web download, HTML format
5% - web download, Winhelp format
16% - on cd-rom, PDF format
3% - on cd-rom, MS Word format
3% - on cd-rom, HTML format
2% - on cd-rom, Winhelp format.
We already offer web downloadable documentation
in PDF and HTML format for
Suprtool and Qedit for Windows, with Host-based Qedit in Winhelp format (PDF
and HTML available shortly).
The NewWire has published a short
extract from Bob Green's paper on software quality that he presented at HPWorld last month.
Read the entire paper.
Here is a posting from 3000-L
about QSS, a software application vendor in the education market,
and their experience dealing with
HP and other vendors
as they worked on procurring a new A400 to replace their
937 circa 1992 system.
This is the site for the consulting business of John Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org),
a well respected MPE expert.
Check the link above... The image is a panoramic view of the world from the new space station.
You can scroll East-West and North-South (left and right and up and down).
It's easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.
Note the Nile River. Look at the Australian Outback
and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking thing is
the difference between North and South Korea.
Robelle is collecting information on qualified HP e3000 consultants and posting it on our web site.
Ron Horner is a real 3000 enthusiast, and a Suprtool booster. Check his web site to see
how he has integrated the Robelle news headlines into the design.
|Speciality:||HP3000 Consulting and Solutions |
|Description:||Horner Consulting specializes in systems solutions and tools for the HP3000.
|Links:|| Free scripts/code for the 3000 |
| Extensive experience with Suprtool.|
|References:||References are avaliable on request.|
|Notes:|| Getting EXTREME with your MPE.|
At the HPWorld conference,
Orbit was giving away copies of their new pocket guide, updated for MPE/iX 7.0.
InnerVu is a professonal hardware service organization. planning to
provide USA-wide support for MPE systems, including the recently
obsoleted 9x7 systems, with "feet on the street" in all
markets. If you are interested, contact Bruce Mitchell,
All of the major news sources are reporting a proposed merger between HP and Compaq today.
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
The combined technology company would have annual revenues of about $87.4 billion and 145,000 employees, trailing only IBM in size. And if completed, the merger would help the two struggling companies compete against nimbler rivals like Sun Microsystems and Dell Computer.
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