2016 Michigan IBM i and Power Systems Technical Education Conference


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Steven Wolk


Presenter: Steven Wolk

Topic: Command Jeopardy

The IBM i operating system includes hundreds of commands that we use every day. Everything you type on a command line is a command! But did you know that you can create commands of your very own? Commands that can save you valuable time? Commands that can be used as building blocks to make program development more efficient? Come to this session to learn how - and to have some fun! We'll start with the basics, and then proceed through more advanced topics such ELEM & QUAL, validation using DEP, error handling, help text in panel groups, and more. We'll look at a number of useful examples of custom commands, and you'll even leave with free source code you can use as is, or leverage as a starting point for your own commands. We'll reinforce the concepts we learn by playing Command Jeopardy... for prizes! Learn some great techniques, have some fun, and maybe leave with a prize!

After participating in this session, attendees should have the skills and tools to:

  • Develop your own custom commands
  • Add validation using DEP
  • Properly handle error conditions
  • Write RTVxxx commands with optional parameters
  • Have fun and possibly win prizes playing Command Jeopardy!

Anyone who would like to better understand how to create their own commands would benefit from this session. We'll start with the basics for those who've never created a command, but quickly continue on to advanced topics. There will be something for everyone, and we'll definitely have fun along the way. If you're excited at the idea of creating your own tools to make life easier, enjoy a good game show every now and then, and like winning prizes, then please join us!


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