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Archive for the ‘AS/400 / iSeries / System i’ Category

Interesting SO question: What are the experiences with using unicode in identifiers?

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/10/29

Toon Krijthe posted an interesting question to SO.

Though 5 years old, I think it stilll is very valid one:

At my work, we have decided to stay with the ANSI characters for identifiers. Is there anybody out there using unicode identifiers and what are the experiences?

For all projects I work on (in various Languages like  English, German, Dutch or other), I stick to ASCII characters (not even ANSI) for:

  • file names
  • identifiers

I also try to abstract the non-ASCII strings into places where I am sure that the encoding is preserved (for text files, I prefer UTF-8), or where these characters are properly escaped.

What is your take on this?


via: uniqueidentifier – What are the experiences with using unicode in identifiers – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Agile, AS/400 / iSeries / System i, C, C#, C++, COBOL, Continuous Integration, Delphi, Development, F#, Prism, Scripting, Software Development, VB.NET, Visual Studio and tools | 4 Comments »

Delphi “Variant Records”, a few notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/03/14

Variant Records are a feature that has been in the Pascal language since Standard Pascal.

A cool page for historic perspective is R3R: Pascal Features in Popular Compilers, hopefully someone will update it to more modern versions of the mentioned compilers.

There is not much official documentation on the Delphi side on this, so below some parts of a case I used for a project that started in 1997 and is still in use to day. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in APPC, AS/400 / iSeries / System i, ASCII, COBOL, Communications Development, CPI-C, Delphi, Delphi 1, Delphi 2005, Delphi 2006, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi 3, Delphi 4, Delphi 5, Delphi 6, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Development, Encoding, HIS Host Integration Services, Internet protocol suite, MQ Message Queueing/Queuing, SNA, Software Development, TCP, Unicode, UTF-8, WebSphere MQ | 9 Comments »

A couple of notes on NMQ_MQ_LIB

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/13

A couple of notes on NMQ_MQ_LIB and the WebSphere MQ aka MQSeries client libraries:

  • NMQ_MQ_LIB specifies the MQ DLL to use
  • Depending in your interface, the NMQ_MQ_LIB can be an environment variable, application setting, or hardcoded DLL name
  • MQSeries 5.x and WebShpere MQ 6.x require you to specify the bitness in the MQIC DLL name (they don’t accept mqic.dll, but require mqic32.dll) when you access it from the C or Delphi interface.
    MQM DLL does not require bitness: it is mqm.dll in all versions.
  • From client applications, use mqic.dll or mqic32.dll.

And a few links:

I needed this to get some apps talking to MQ on AS/400 aka iSeries aka System i working correctly by getting the DLLs right.


Posted in .NET, AS/400 / iSeries / System i, Delphi, Development, MQ Message Queueing/Queuing, Software Development, WebSphere MQ | Leave a Comment »

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