Nov/Dec 2011

2011 MultiValue Industry End-of-Year Recap

The year 2011 continued to provide us with a number of challenges — changing economic conditions (improvements and setbacks), changing technologies, and changing market demands. But within all times of change there also exist opportunities. We asked some of our MultiValue partners to share with us some of their accomplishments from this last year and what to look for in the next.

Indexes and System Migrations

When migrating a MultiValue application from one platform to another, especially from an older legacy platform to one that is more modern, the major goals are to simply get it done, get it working, and get it working correctly. Too often, however, we forget that the new platform may provide capabilities that can give us a dramatic improvement in the performance of our application. Replacing or supplementing application-based cross-referencing with system-supplied indexing is one of those areas to be considered.

Replacing Legacy Reporting with U2 DataVu

Dull, monospaced type, text-only reports usually provide the necessary information and get the job done. But just like the antiquated green screen programs, the appearance of these reports invokes a negative reaction from both users and management, creating an impression of obsolescence in an otherwise robust application. UniVerse and UniData users have a number of options for modernizing these reports, one of the newest of which comes from their database supplier, Rocket Software.

Session Management with PHP

As you begin to develop webbased MultiValue applications using a browser as the preferred user interface, one of the first changes in your thinking process has to be how your application communicates with the user. Unlike a traditional dedicated connection between user and server, web-based applications must deal with an ongoing series of non-persistent connections. How does your application know what you and the user were talking about a minute or two ago? Using the built-in capabilities of PHP, this article explores some of the issues of such session management.

Business Tech: Spending Down MultiValue

For many departments, the end of the year provides a time to take a look at the budgets and make use of any leftover funds. Of course, we do not want to be spending money just to spend it. Here are some ideas of some high-return ways to do that spend down.

Sending E-Mail from Your MultiValue Programs — Part 6: E-Mails with Attachments

In these articles have discussed various ways of sending e-mail, both plain text, HTML-based, and multipart containing both. This last part in this series on Sending E-mail from MultiValue applications discusses the topic and techniques for including attachments.