Recent News and Tips
George Stachnik invites you to a web cast
on Thursday, September 5th
starting at 8:30 am until 10:00 am (PST) to meet the new HP 3000 PA-8700 A-class and N-class servers
with MPE/iX 7.5. These high-end servers have increased performance and additional
Version 5.3.10 of Qedit is a "pre-release" that is available for customer
testing. Improvements include new option to allow List to find nearest line
and the correction of a number of problems.
Here is the schedule of MPE-related events at HPWorld 2002 in Los Angeles.
The link is to a PDF file on the HP Jazz web site.
Terix Computer has signed a partner agreement with IBM Global Services to provide
on-site HP 3000 maintenance services with Terix.
Bruce Mitchell, Director/HP Services, says "by October 1,
we will be able to deliver up to 24x7 hardware coverage out of more than 200
cities. The first phase of the program is for the 9x7 and 9x9 lines of
equipment with the A and N class coming before year end.
For more informatoin, email Bruce at email@example.com or call him at 360-568-7228.
Now that Tally is competing with Printronix for the HP 3000 printer business,
Chris Gauthier of 3kworld has created a comparision of the product offerings.
Click the link above for details on StonMan, with 15+ years experience
with Qedit and Suprtool. Grant Stone has even
presented a basic SUPRTOOL class for IBM to HP3000 converted programmers.
We have installed the SAPdb enterprise-class open-source database and put it through some initial tests.
SAPdb is designed for the business enterprise, with 24x7 uptime, scalability and high performance in mind. There are no limitations on database sizes or on the number of users. SAPdb is ACID compliant (fully supports ISO-SQL 92 Standards) and includes all RDBMS and enterprise features expected in an open DBMS such as Views, triggers, foreign keys, constraints of various kinds, stored procedures, versioning, hot backups, etc. ODBC and JDBC drivers are supported.
Another fascinating column by user interface specialist Jakob Nielsen.
A customer received a comma-delimited file from an outside source. He had to
edit some of the fields to make sure they would not get rejected during the
import operation. He also wanted to make sure that he had the exact number of
fields, no more, no less.
Click the link above for the Qedit solution.
The new issue of the HP Advisor magazine for MPE users contains a good
introduction to the HP Eloquence database, putting it in context and clearing up
The OpenMPE organization is collecting 3000 manuals on their web site.
They already have some by HP, Lund, Vesoft and Robelle (they should
probably save copies of the HP PDF files from docs.hp.com before they are
removed by HP). If you have any manuals to post or link, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The August 2002 issue of Robelle's newletter is
now available. Some of the highlights from this issue:
* How to Use MPE Variables in Qedit?
* SAPDB: An Open-Source Database
* HP Transitions Webcasts Now Online
* Suprtool tips: Exporting to PostgreSQL
* Robelle Tech column: Export to MS SQL Server
* QWIN: Customize Your Syntax Coloring
* HPWorld Sneak-Preview: Bob Green's paper
Browse the HTML issues by clicking the link above, or download the
Here is a Robelle Press Release: Migrating an application can be
complex, expensive and risky. There is no rush to move before you are ready.
Robelle will help you extend the life of your 3000s and make
your eventual migration easier as well.
We are sending Tammy Roscoe, Neil Armstrong and Bob Green to Los Angeles for the conference.
Look for us in Booth 1101 and mark your calendar for Tuesday 5-6pm - Room 408B for Bob Green's
new paper on
"Transfomring TurboIMAGE Data" with practical
tips/details on moving your data to Oracle,
Eloquence, SQL Server, PostgreSQL and more!
You can get a sneak preview by
reading the paper (PDF format).
Dutch computer-science pioneer Edsger W Dijkstra has died, aged 72.
Link to the The Register newsletter.
In response to a cry for help from an MPE user, long-time Robelle user Glenn Cole (email@example.com) gave some good tips
that we repeat here.
> I am about to migrate from HP3000 to HP9000. Will I have to
> learn totally new commands or is it the same?
Click the link above to read Glenn's reply, where he explains how to use your MPE system to get a head start
Jeff Kubler is an independent, authorized Robelle
training instruction. His upcoming 2-day Suprtool training
class at TechGroup University in Maryland (Sept 12-13)
is complemented by a one-day Qedit training class on Sept 9 and
a two-day Eloquence class Sept 10-11. For more information,
On-line at the Jazz site: the Files for use with Using HP 3000,
Fundamental and Advanced Skills Tutorials (MPN 32650-90871 & 32650-90872). This is a compressed tar file (spare.tar.Z). Please refer to the notes on the Jazz software download page
for details on how to download and unpack this tar archive file.
You may have to delve into some old code that uses HP Line Drawing characters.
Here is an article from our Encyclopedia that compares them with other
line drawing characters.
Hewlett Packard has climbed down from its threats to use the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to silence a group of security researchers which unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system.
Link to story in The Register newsletter.
SPL stands for "Systems Programming Language" and is the proprietary high-level
language that the original HP 3000 was programmed in. There are still thousands of
lines of SPL utility software around the world - you may even have some in your shop!
Now HP's Jazz web site has a copy of the documentation.
Invent9k is the free HP-UX development system that HP has set up for MPE users and
vendors. One of the cool functions of the server is an interactive tool that
explains HP-UX system admininistration functions for MPE users. Just select
the MPE task from the pull-down menu and it will give you the equivalent
There is also a commands cross-reference
and a programmer api cross-reference.
According to this report in The Register newsletter has threatened to use
the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to muzzle a group of security researchers who unearthed a flaw in its Tru64 operating system.
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