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Happy New Year! I resolved to take out the garbage for pickup on January 2. Mission accomplished. Now that you have quit smoking and lost weight, it’s time to work on some real challenges for professional self-improvement.
Here are 13 Peoplesoft professional resolutions for 2013. Pick a few and get started now, or save them for your next performance review when your manager wants to set goals for the coming year. (I have done all of these over the course of my PeopleSoft career, so I’m setting my sights for the January 9 garbage pickup.)
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I shouldn’t claim that this bug appears in every SQR program written for the Peoplesoft environment. It’s not even in every SQR program that takes run control parameters. But I bet it is in most of them.
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Last year I wrote about the similarity and superiority of the SQR evaluate command compared to the C or Java switch command in SQR Evaluate Versus C/Java Switch, part 1 and part 2. Here is another way to extend evaluate functionality.
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What is the relationship between SQR and Application Engine? Is one better or are they complementary? They are both frameworks for batch processing in the Peoplesoft environment. As such, they must have overlapping functionality. Like Star Trek and Star Wars, they each have fans and detractors, with not always rational reasons for their preferences.
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Peoplesoft HCM (HR, BA, PR, and TL) comes with at least 1300 run control records, yet my organization has added 2% more over the past ten years. We’re not running out of table space or disk space, but we probably did more work than we needed; creating new records, tables, and pages. For that matter, Oracle probably did more work than they needed, not reusing their run control objects.
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Even batch programs have user interfaces. They start with actual or implied inputs (run control parameters in Peoplesoft). They end with actual or implied outputs (reports, log files, Process Monitor messages). We shouldn’t take these elements of program design for granted, even in the simplest programs.
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Last week I paid tribute to Elements of Style. The lesson from that book that impressed me most was to simplify my prose; minimize adjectives and adverbs; replace clichéd phrases with single words; avoid passive voice and inverted sentences; be terse and direct. I recommend the same for programming.
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Elements of Style is the famous book by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. First written in 1918, it is a guide to writing well in American English. Anything good about the prose on this blog should be credited to Strunk & White. The flaws must be ascribed to me. This week’s blog entry is dedicated to that short book.
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I’ve written about variables several times (notably in Bottom #Ten Worst Variable Names and SQR Without Literals), but a recent entry on a new blog gave me a new way to think about them.
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It’s not New Year’s Eve, but I have some resolutions to use more of the rich features of SQR to write programs that are richly featured themselves.
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