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  • Are you a Technology Bigot?

    When all you have is a hammer... Are we selecting technology for projects based upon what we like to use, or are we making objective choices? Kevin King attempts to resolve the age old question: Which technology is best?

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  • Auditing Database Changes with UniVerse Indexing Subroutines

    UniVerse has file triggers which can be used to call a subroutine whenever a new record is added, changed, or deleted from a file so that the change to the database can be recorded in an audit trail for IT governance and compliance requirements. But full blown triggers come with a certain amount of performance overhead. For simple auditing, using indexing suboutines with a new system variable available at release 11.1 is a lighter weight alternative.

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application - Part 3

    Key Management The key to keys is the key to success. Creating record keys on-the-fly is common in software development, but a little planning can go a long way. This is part three of our article series exploring what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch, using the tools and features found in modern software technologies.

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  • Building A Modern Line-Of-Business Application Part 4: Identity Management

    This is part 4 in a series on exploring what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies. In this article we explore identity management. What does it take to provide provide security, access management, and business discipline to the users of your software? Read Part 4 and find out.

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application — Part 1

    There has been many new Line-Of-Business applications developed for serval years. Most business software either addresses a missing piece of the overall, or is just an extension of the existing monolithic applications that have been around for 15-20 years. This is the start of an article series on exploring what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies.

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application: Part 5 - Business API

    This is part five in a series which explores what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies. In this article we begin to connect the parts we discussed in the previous articles.

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application: Part 6 - Version Defense Strategy

    This article series is exploring what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies. Part 6 discusses defense strategy.

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application:Part 2

    There have been many new Line-Of-Business applications developed over the past several years. Most of these business software systems either address a missing piece of the overall or are just extensions of the existing monolithic applications that have been around for fifteen to twenty years. This is Part 2 of our article series which explores what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies.

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  • Calgon, Chaos, and Consultants

    Rent or Buy? When is a consultant better than an employee? When is expensive cheaper than cheap? Read this article before Timmy sets the dog on fire.

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  • Calls May Be Recorded for Quality Assurance: Using MultiValue to Manage Multimedia

    Too often we think of databases as being just about the data stored in them. Sometimes the database is an index to things outside of it. Multimedia and MultiValue may not seem like a perfect pairing to most people, but when you have to develop a system to sift through thousands and thousands of "calls recorded for quality assurance," a little database architecture can go a long way.

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