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Robelle Tech: What Is HP Eloquence?

The most recent Robelle Tech column in the 3000 NewsWire describes a possible migration option for some HP 3000 sites: an IMAGE-like database that works on HP-UX and has been in development and use for many years.


Gavin Scott: Choosing a Path for the 3000

The 3000 NewsWire has an interview with Gavin Scott of Allegro about possible future options with the HP 3000, including the feasability of an emulator that would allow old applications to run on new hardware:

The second path would amount to a “life extension” for MPE, but probably not a great deal of growth. This road would involve options such as software to emulate the HP e3000 hardware on, say, a Windows or Linux system, allowing one to run the existing PA-RISC MPE/iX operating system and all its applications on cheap PC-class hardware, third-party support to replace the HP Response Center, and some minimal maintenance of the operating system itself (perhaps even without source code) to keep it running indefinitely with today’s functionality.

... From an MPE point of view, I believe it will be the second or middle path that turns out to be the most useful, if HP will permit it to happen. If HP will allow it, then various companies will make it possible for people who want, need or must keep running MPE applications in 2007 and beyond to do so indefinitely.


Consultants Corner: Jim Chance

We are building a list of consulting resources for our customers - people who know Suprtool and Suprtool-based applications. We will feature them on our home page as we discover them, and catalog them on this page as well. If you are an experienced Suprtool consultant, or know of such a consultant, please send us the information using our Consultant Listing Form.

Company Name: Practical Technology Solutions
Specialty:An independent/self-employed provider of premium and practical HPe3000 (MPE) business system solutions. Services specializing in HP3K MIGRATION TO OTHER PLATFORMS, COBOL, Sqlplus, Oracle, Qedit, Suprtool, Powerhouse (Quiz, Quick, QTP), Management, Operations, Database (Dbgenrl), and Analysis consultations. IT/HP-MPE purveyor since 1985.
Contact:Jim Chance
Web site:practical_technology.tripod.com
Have used Suprtool since 1987.
Have used Qedit since 1987.
References: Resume and references supplied upon request.
Notes: Long live the HP3000!!!


NewsWire: 3000 Experts Examine Emulator Project

From the 3000 NewsWire: Engineering talent with more than 14 years experience developing parts of the RISC-based HP 3000 operating system, utilities and applications is taking a closer look at emulation for the system this month — and waiting for HP to make a statement on supporting such a project.



A Permanent Redo Stack for Qedit

One of the most frustrating little things about MPE is that when you log off after a day of heavy programming, your "redo stack" with all of its built up history of commands and file names, is lost.

It was the same in Qedit as well, which emulates MPE's Redo. Commands entered at the Qedit prompt are saved in something called the redo stack. You can recall commands from this stack by using the Redo, Do and Listredo commands. The redo stack was stored in a temporary file and discarded as soon as you left Qedit. This did not allow the stack to be preserved across Qedit invocations.

But then Alfredo Rego of Adager insisted that Qedit could be much better: it could save the redo commands in a permanent file almost as easily as a temporary file. So now the Set Redo command allows you to assign a permanent file as your redo stack. For example, to assign "myredo" as the persistent redo stack, enter:

   /set redo myredo

If the file does not exist, Qedit creates it. Otherwise, Qedit uses the existing file. All your subsequent commands are written to the persistent redo stack. If you want to use a persistent stack every time you run Qedit, you just insert the Set Redo command in one of our Qeditmgr configuration files.

P.S. Suprtool now has persistent Redo as well.


3kworld: COBOL Expo 2002

Jeanette Nutsford, SIG-COBOL leader, announces the upcoming COBOL Expo, June 21-23, 2002, in Chicago.


OpenMPE: Alternatives for HP 3000 Hardware Support

The OpenMPE web site contains a listing of companies that provide hardware support for the 3000, alternatives to HP.


An MPEX Web Site

Omni Solutions has web pages on its site for the VESOFT products, including MPEX, and a form where you can order a trial copy. There is quite a bit of good information on this site.'


Denkart: ViaNova 3000

Denkart describes there migration tools as follows: Leave the platform but take your applications with you. Indeed, if you decide to leave the HP-3000 platform, there is no need to throw away your trusted applications. Robust, well-performing applications are an asset. With Ordina Denkarts ViaNova 3000, they stay an asset and remain solid performers. At the same time they may offer a whole series of new features and technologies through advanced re-engineering.


NewsWire: the Hidden Value Column

One of the most useful columns in the 3000 NewsWire is "Hidden Value", a collection of technical questions with answers drawn from the MPE user community and edited by John Burke. For example, in the February 2002 issue, questions dealt with host names on MPE, memory controllers, configuring disk drives, remote DTCs, and more.


OpenMPE: Alternatives for MPE Software Support

The OpenMPE web site contains a list of companies that provide MPE support as an alternative to HP.


Consultants Corner: Mark Ranft and Pro 3K

We continue to build a list of consulting resources for our customers - people who know Suprtool and Suprtool-based applications and who know the HP 3000. We feature them on our home page as we discover them, and catalog them as well. Here is Mark Ranft of Pro 3K, a well-known expert on MPE and the HP 3000.

If you are an experienced Suprtool consultant, or know of such a consultant, please send us the information using our Consultant Listing Form.

Company Name: Pro 3K
Specialty:HP e3000 System Management Consulting
Description:Providing a full range of MPE/iX services. Pro 3K is devoted to the HP 3000.
Contact:Mark Ranft
Location:Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Web site:www.pro3k.com
Pro 3K's has had experience with SUPRTOOL since the 1980's. Training classes provided.
Pro 3K's consultants have experience with QEDIT since 80's. Training classes provided.
References: HP DSPP and HP Cerifications. Other references available upon request.


Open MPE Needs Written Feedback Now

The OpenMPE organization needs feedback from the user community in order to show HP that there is serious user interest in MPE support beyond 2006.

They are asking users that wants to stay with MPE beyond the end of 2006 and be supported by the community efforts of OpenMPE to complete a 'Letter of Intent'.

This Letter of Intent is not a contract, because there are too many unknowns right now. However, it is a serious display of your company's desires. By completing this form, you are indicating that should HP enable OpenMPE, Inc. to take over support of MPE, it is your company's intent to purchase a membership, assuming that the cost is less then or equal to your current HP software support costs. If you are interested, click the link above now. They need the signed letters before the HP Solutions Syposium on April 3, 2002. (The letter is in PDF format, so Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read it.)


Reference: MPE to UNIX Command Cross Reference

MPE has one command interpreter, Ci.Pub.Sys, and a single set of commands. UNIX has many command interpreters, called shells , of which sh, csh and ksh are the most common. However, many UNIX commands are implemented as separate programs, so they are the same in every shell. Click the link for a useful cross reference from Robelle's HP Encyclopedia.



Suprtool: How to Convert Numeric Types

Suprtool's EXTRACT command has been able to convert numeric data between different data types. The general syntax is: >extract field-name = expression

Click the link above for a detailed application note.


Internet: Coding Accented Characters

From Robelle's Encyclopedia, Web pages allow you to specify European characters from the ISO Latin-1 Character Set (8859-1). This standard also served as the basis for the ANSI character set of MS Windows, but naturally Microsoft extended and improved their version so that it doesn't exactly follow ISO Latin-1. Warning: the wrong way to do European characters in a web page is to insert the Windows character that displays properly in your editor. This character is non-standard and will display as garbage on many browsers. The right way to do it is to encode the character was a tag. For example, à is coded as ` To learn more and for a useful link to all the character encodings, click the link above.


MPE: What Does MR Stand For?

From Robelle's HP Encyclopedia: Unfortunately, MPE uses MR as shorthand for both Multiple-RIN capability and Multi-Record access, which are totally unrelated concepts. Click the linka above to learn the differences.


More Stan: Fix Your SL File

It is possible for your critical SL.PUB.SYS file to become corrupted: One (or more) MPE/iX 6.5 patches may cause a problem with your SL.PUB.SYS, which could cause a problem for some programs. In my case, MPEKXX0 was cited as one of the patches that can cause the problem. From the 3000-L, reported by 3000 NewsWire.


Classic Stan: Who is Running?

Click the link above for a classic MPE paper from Stan Sieler of Allegro: "MPE/iX Resource Utilization: Who Is Running?"

Do you know who is using your CPU on MPE/iX? If you do a :SHOWJOB command, MPE/iX will dutifully report what jobs and sessions are logged on, but it won't show the processes running within each job session. ... The purpose of this article is to share a few techniques for determining exactly what is running.



Consultants Corner: CALI-SYS

We continue to build a list of consulting resources for our customers - people who know Suprtool and Suprtool-based applications and who know the HP 3000. We feature them on our home page as we discover them, and catalog them as well. Here is Jan Geiger of CALI-SYS who does AMISYS and Suprtool consulting.

If you are an experienced Suprtool consultant, or know of such a consultant, please send us the information using our Consultant Listing Form.

Company Name: CALI-SYS Consultants, LLC
Specialty:AMISYS Suprtool
Description:Configuration Migration - all and selected subsets, Data extracting with audit logic for all subsystems, Benefit and Pricing claim copy jobs for automated Config testing.
Contact:Jan Geiger
Location:Corona, Calif.
Web site:www.calisys.net
6 years. Have trained consultants, configuration staff and financial staff on Suprtool.
References: Numerous Managed Care and other Health Care companies. Call for References.


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