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2017 UNITE Conference

Presentation materials from the November 2017 UNITE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Get a GREP: Regular Expressions for the MCP

Abstract Regular expressions are a powerful pattern-matching mechanism that first came to prominence in the classic Unix utility "grep." They are essentially wildcard patterns on steroids. Regular expressions are frequently incorporated into file system tools and text editors for Windows, Unix, and Linux systems. Since MCP 13, an API for Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) has been available in the MCP's WEBAPPSUPPORT library.

The speaker will present the components of the MCP regular expression API and describe how they can be used within MCP applications to search for simple and complex character patterns in strings and files. The speaker will also present a home-grown library for MCP directory searching, and together with the regular expression API, demonstrate a utility program that does basic grep-like searching across a directory of MCP files.

Presenter Paul Kimpel
Slides Presentation slides as Adobe Acrobat .PDF (95KB)
Resources The source and example files for the presentation, all contained in a single ZIP archive file. (56KB)
 

Using the New MCPSQL

Abstract The DMSQL relational interface for DMSII data bases has been available for more than a dozen years. A rewrite of DMSQL, named MCPSQL, has been available since 2014 as a separately licensed product. Starting in MCP 18, however, Unisys has bundled MCPSQL and deprecated the older DMSQL in favor of it. MCPSQL includes a replacement for the DMSQL JDBC driver, plus a new ODBC driver.

The speaker will present an overview of the new MCPSQL interface to DMSII. The session will cover MCPSQL features, differences from DMSQL, installation and configuration of MCPSQL and its ODBC driver, demonstrations the MCPSQL tools and APIs, and a brief review of performance differences between DMSQL and MCPSQL. The JDBC driver and ability to define a true relational data base using SQL DDL will not be covered in this presentation.

Presenter Paul Kimpel
Slides Presentation slides as Adobe Acrobat .PDF (69KB)
Resources The source and example files for the presentation, all contained in a single ZIP archive file. (1162KB) Updated 2018-06-18
 

I Didn't Know You Could Do That! (2017 Edition)

Abstract It's time once again to sweat the small stuff. Like all mature computer systems, MCP systems have a lot of features and capabilities. Some of these are not obvious, or at least not very well known. Everyone has their favorite set of Tips & Tricks to make better use of the system, but no one knows all of them.

This presentation has a number of short offerings by multiple speakers, each describing a simple Tip or Trick you can take back to your shop and put to immediate use. There will be a brief write-up available on each one, and ample time for questions from the audience. At the end, a vote will be held to select Best Trick. Come have some fun and learn something you didn't know before.

Presenters Doug Dobson, University of Washington
Kevin Stones, Locum Software Services, Ltd.
Paul Kimpel, Paradigm Corporation
Slides Presentation slides as Adobe Acrobat .PDF
Adding Third-Party Vendor Records to the SUMLOG, Doug Dobson (15KB)
SHOW and FIND Packs, Doug Dobson (349KB)
POSIX File Security, Kevin Stones (88KB)
Submit COMS Commands from WFL, Paul Kimpel (22KB)

 


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