Programming

Do Not Use Comments

This came across my Hacker News feed the other day, “I’ve never seen a language’s style guide recommend avoiding comments before.” After reading the link it became clear that the HN title was link bait. What the Haskel documentation was stating is something any good programmer already knows. Don’t document every line of code. x …

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Add a custom IBM i library list to a C# application

Ever find that you need to add a custom library list to a C# application that works with IBM i data? Here is what you need to do. Add LibraryList= to your connection string. So that would look like: connectionString=”DataSource=127.0.0.1;DefaultCollection=MYMAINLIB;Naming=sql; UserID=USERNAME;Password=PASSWORD;LibraryList=MYMAINLIB,LIB2,LIB3;”

Creating a better emailed statement in RPG using CGIDEV2

We had some… problems with our utility bill emails. They weren’t worded clearly enough that some people were getting confused. See, when I wrote this, used the only approach I knew and manually assembled a string of text until the email was created (depended upon if they were auto-pay or not), but over all the …

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Programming Code

How do I iterate over a set of records in RPG with embedded SQL?

A person on StackOverflow asked a good question a while back. How do I iterate over a set of records in RPG(LE) with embedded SQL? This is a mix of information gleamed from many sources. I use a standard template for every program and modify as needed from there. Here is the core of the …

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Programming Code

First Data Global Gateway Web Service API setup for Visual Studio 2010

First Data’s directions for setting up their web service in Visual Studio is very confusing and I ended up calling them for help. Visual Studio 2010 has different directions than previous versions of Visual Studio. Here is how I got it to work. First install the certificate, go into Internet Options in the Control Panel. …

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