Recent News and Tips
Qedit for Windows 5.4.11 Pre-release
Includes improvements to rectangular selections.
Consultant: Davida Goldberg
Davida in Chicago has 19 years experience programming and
systems design for HP 3000, with knowledge of COBOL, IMAGE, Powerhouse,
MPEX, AMISYS, and of course, our products. He writes: "Suprtool is a great tool for data extraction and Qedit
is a great full screen editor for COBOL code and jobstreams."
Jan 14: George Stachnik Webinar
HP's is hosting another web seminar on the
transition an HP e3000 to the Microsoft Platform on Wednesday, January 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. PST.
Features ASAP Software, who are transitioning their HP e3000 platform to Microsoft .
Qedit Version 5.4.11 Pre-release
An improved version of host-based Qedit (and server Qedit) is available for download
on our web page. Major improvements include preservation of trailing spaces and Set Varsub On to do variable substitution.
Consultant: Daniel Turner
Daniel lives in Northern California and has over 20 years experience with Suprtool, Qedit, Cognos and COBOL.
Read about the new variable substitution feature in the latest Qedit pre-release
(version 5.4.11), as well as improvements to the handling of trailing spaces on
"PowerPoint Makes You Dumb"
The NY Times echoes insights by Edward Tufte that
PowerPoint 'forces people to mutilate data beyond comprehension.' The board investigating the Columbia accident complained that NASA slides about the shuttle wing damage were so confusing that 'a senior manager might read this PowerPoint slide and not realize that it addresses a life-threatening situation.'"
All About Line Numbers!
A new application note on handling source files with "line numbers" (i.e.,
columns reserved for a collating sequence number): different kinds of
linenumbers, invalid line numbers, how to fix line numbers, and much more.
Consultant: The SoftWorks, Inc.
Rafael Andrade is a consultant with extensive experience with the HP 3000, Suprtool, Qedit, Powerhouse, MPEX and AMISYS. Of AMISYS, he
writes "AMISYS requires vast knowledge of these the most popular tools on the HP3000:
SUPRTOOL - almost every job needs an extract upfront from the DB.
QUICK - These are the most complex screens ever and I have created complex QUICK screens for the last 20 years.
QTP - Not many Powerhouse programmers really know this fantastic (but slow compared to SUPRTOOL) batch update tool.
QUIZ - Reports and subfiles galore
ORACLE - The new AMISYS is Unix based and uses Oracle and Java as well as Powerhouse for Unix."
net.digest for November
John Burke has posted his Newswire
column with useful information about updating your server firmware without
an HP technician, performance issues in serial scans, how to
delete 70,000 files (answer: in reverse alphabetical order), and much more.
Customer Feedback on Our Newsletter
Dennis Barnes, Directory of IT at Wharton County Junior College
Keep up the good work. I wish some of our other vendors kept us informed this well.
$Edit, $Split and a Whole Lot More
Suprtool 4.7.10 has now been released and is available as a pre-release.
This pre-release is chock full of bug fixes and enhancements that are sure to help
homesteaders and migrators alike.
First off, Suprtool now has an edit-mask feature, which allows output fields to be formatted
using COBOL-like edit-masks. Another key feature is that the Suprtool $split function can now
be used up to 255 times in a single task. This means that you can now manually parse out
fields from a typical Import file, such as PRN format.
request a copy by filling out the form on our web site.
The Future of Powerhouse
Here is an excellent article by Ron Seybold of The 3000 Newswire
about Cognos' plans for Powerhouse improvements and migration.
Next Newsletter in January, 2004
There were not enough new news in November to justify a formal newsletter, but
we posted every news item to our home page as we discovered it. Therefore, you can review the posted
news items online at any time by clicking the link above and then selecting
a recent calendar month. This is like a sneak peak at the newsletter! Also, we have completed our customer survey about our newsletter and
customers prefer the emailed announcement with a web link, so we will be
continuing that in January.
Hidden Value for November
John Burke has posted his "Hidden Value" column from the November issue of
The 3000 Newswire.
This column is packed with useful info on running a 3000 datacenter! Essential
Archived News and Tips...
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