Any chance you can switch to variable length fields in your DB2?

Rob Berendt
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"Roger Vicker, CCP" <>
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        Subject:        Text field lengths and external DataBases.


We have put a Domino/Notes face on a DB2 application using Domino 5.0.10 
(soon Domino 6) and are having problems with text fields.

Since this is based on a DB2 application running on an iSeries the text 
fields have a fixed length however in the Notes client the only way to 
limit the input is by issuing an error message after the user's input 
:-(  or by truncating :-( :-(  in the code. The users really hate having 
to retype their text or guessing at how much will fit and usually end up 
with very short lines that waste a lot of database space.

In addition there are areas where a memo is attached to a master record. 
Again, with a DB2 backend this is structured as an unlimited number of 
fixed length records, each representing a line.

Surely with the number of Domino applications interfacing with other 
databases that use fixed length fields someone has developed a better 
way of making the Notes client keep the fields compatible.

I would appreciate any code _snipits_ or addresses that could help with 
these situations.


Roger Vicker, CCP

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