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Sep 13

Varying Length fields in DDS and IBM i SQL

IBM i , AS400 , iSeries , SQL

Back in the olden days – files were filled with numbers and long string of data. Words like SAUSAGES might have been stored as a 30 ALPHA field in the format “SAUSAGES______________________” which, even tho its padded with *blanks – is just wasting a lot of space. Nowadays, most systems use variable length fields, shorter, […]

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Nov 24

Use MSGCON to display a MSGID from a MSGF

IBM i , DDS , Programming

By using MSGCON (message constant) keyword. You use MSGCON, a field-level keyword to declare the text for constant fields is contained in a message description. Years ago, this was used by a lot of companies to create multilingual display files. The idea was that you could remove the ENGLISH language fields from every *DSPF and […]

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