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arniec (Programmer)
16 Jan 06 11:34
I am a programmer at a company where we are about to implement Easytrieve.  I am the most experienced programmer in the group, with knowlege of C++, Assembler, Java, Perl, VB, etc.  Most of our programmers are VBA proficient with a little Java experience as well.

We are trying to take a 3 day Easytrieve training seminar and distill it down to the essentials, and I have been tasked with doing this, but not knowing Easytrieve at all I'm hesitant, so I hoped someone would be able to tell me which of the following items are most important, or at least tell me what some of the things (like a VSAM) are or, barring that, point me in the direction of a comprehensive web site with Easytrieve info.

Here are the topics in the 3 day course:

I:   Introduction to 4th Gen languages and comparison to High level languages
     a.  What is Easytrieve Plus
     b.  Automatic report formatting/file processing
     c.  Advantages and Disadvantages over Gen III languages
     d.  COBOL
     e.  JCL implications

II:  Environment and Libray Sections
     a.  EZ Plus syntax
     b.  Program structure/COPY
     c.  File definition and statement syntax
     d.  Field definitions
     e.  Field name convention, working storage, field length, and decimal positions.
     f.  Redefining a field.

III:  Activity Section
     a.  Report formatting
     b.  Syntax
     c.  Report definition optional statements:  PRINT, TALLY, SUM, SEQUENCE, CONTROL, TITLE, HEADING, LINE, PAGESIZE, LINESIZE, SKIP, SPACE, TITLESKIP, MASK, DATA EDITING
     d.  Multiple reports
     
IV:  File Processing
     JOB, GET and PUT, MOVE and MOVE LIKE statements, DISPLAY, GOTO, PERFORM, IF/ELSE, END-IF statements, Combiining conditional expressions, NESTED IF, Assignment statement, Arithmetic operations, Testing aids (STOP, RECORD-COUNT, STOP EXECUTE, EVERY, LIMIT)

V:  Arrays
     Syntax, OCCURS clause, Subscripts and Indexes, Fixed and Variable length records, Working Storage ARRAYs, DO WHILE logic, Practice problems

VI:  Tables
     Students should have significant experience with basic features in Crystal Reports 9.0

VII:  Procedures
     Syntax, Report PROCs, BEFORE-BREAK. PROC, REPORT-INPUT. PROC, AFTER-BREAK PROC, AFTER-LINE PROC, END-PAGE PROC, TERMINATION PROC, Practice problem

VIII:  File Matching
     Syntax, File organization, KEYS - major and minor, MATCH TEST, DUPLICATE TEST, FILE PRESENCE, TWO FILE MATCH, THREE FILE MATCH, Practice problems

IX:  Sort
     SORT procedure

X:  Macros
     Storing MACROs.  PANVALET VS. PDS  
     POSITIONAL and KEYWORD parameters
     Using a CALL

XI:  VSAM enfironment
     VSAM INPUT, READ, POINT, WRITE, Sequential and Random access, Updating a VSAM file, Practice problems

XII:  IMS/DLI
    Syntax, Defining KEYS, RETRIEVE, SELECT, DLI statement, Automatic path processing
     Programmer Controlled Segment Processing
     FILE
     RECORD


Any help, please???? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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