Steven Wolk, PC Richards
March 20, 2018 FASUG Meeting
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 will start with the basics for those who have never created a command, and then proceed through more advanced topics such ELEM QUAL, validation using DEP, error handling, help text in panel groups, and more. We will look at a number of useful examples of custom commands, and you will even leave with free source code you can use as is, or leverage as a starting point for your own commands. We will 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!
Our Speaker: Steven Wolk is the CTO for PC Richard & Son, a 108 year old family owned and operated chain of 66 appliance, electronics, and mattress superstores located throughout NY, NJ, CT, and PA. Steve's deep background in retail began on the sales floor while in college, and he's applied those lessons learned to many roles in IT throughout his 32 year career with PC Richard. As CTO, Steve feels fortunate to lead teams of very talented and dedicated people who are collectively responsible for all phases of technology development, acquisition, deployment, and support throughout the company. Always looking to the future, Steve enjoys speaking about the future of retail at conferences and events, along with subjects ranging from leadership and personal success to a wide variety of technical topics. Steve is passionate about applying technology to create business value, along with a world-class customer experience for PC Richard's customers. He's driven to teach and finds it very rewarding to help his teams reach their full potential.
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