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Tips for Using Time Stamps in ILE RPG

Some notes regarding timestamps. Defining a Timestamp A timestamp is stored as a 26 character field. But, the system looks at it as a special data type and enforces the rules it has set up for timestamps. The format for a timestamp is is YYYY-MM-DD-HH.MM.SS.XXXXXX (Year-Month-Day-Hour.Minute.Second.Milliseconds). An example would be Read more
Category: Cheat Sheets, RPG

How to Colorize Your Source Code in SEU

Yes, I’m perfectly aware there are numerous advanced editors available that handle RPG and CL, and perform the syntax checking we are all familiar with using SEU. However, it’s not always possible to use RSE or the other editors in all situations. Some companies may not want 3rd party software and editors accessing their iSeries, Read more
Category: RPG

Cool preg_replace Solution

The situation: Read a product description from a product database. The problem: The block of text for the product description in the comma delimited file is not formatted, and in fact looks stripped of whatever formatting it had previously. Chunks of text squished together like “changes.Special” (no space after the period), and Read more
Category: Coding, PHP

PHP/MYSQL String Tricks

Here’s a couple things I always forget. I’m adding them here so I’ll have them for future reference. How to “Scan and Replace” a String in MYSQL (Note the AS400-ish wording of that title). Big Note: Be very careful of serialized data!!!! Thanks to Read more
Category: Cheat Sheets

Free Format RPG ILE Alternatives to the TIME Opcode

Here’s one of the free format BIFs I can never remember as far as syntax is concerned. Maybe if I keep it here I will be able to find it again :). I copied some of this from http://www.bmeyers.net/faqs/frequently-asked-questions/41-free-format-alternatives-to-time (the Q&A part). Q. In fixed format RPG IV, I used the TIME operation code Read more
Category: Cheat Sheets

Good Programmer, Bad Programmer

“My mind is clearer now. At last, all too well. I can see where we all soon will be”. – Judas in “Heaven on Their Minds” at the beginning of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”. “My mind is in darkness now…” – Judas toward the end of the musical, after the betrayal for the Read more
Category: Coding, General

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