The discussion the other day on data structures brought to mind aready.
problem that I have been working on regarding data areas. I used a
data area to function as a sort of "truth table" for our company. O
read it into a program to determine if the next (or following) step is
Works fine, but the owner decided that he wants to add a new company.
will be, I am sure, some new programs for it, but the basic back
office processing is pretty much the same. So I am modifying the
programs to access the file depending upon the company. That's relatively
The issue with the data area on disk is that I have not been able to
find a way in the manuals (that I understood, anyway) to access
different data areas. For example, a disk file can have a
EXTFILE(some-name) with USROPN that I then use to define that
"some-name" before I open the file. I cannot find anything similar
for data areas on disk.
I could, I know, just define two data areas in the program(s) and then
use the same method I'm using for files to determine which data area to
But looking ahead, I wanted to make it flexible so that the next timeeffect.
he sets up a new company, I will not have to go back into the program.
I could, for example, easily change it to a data file. But wondered
if there were any minimal coding changes that would accomplish the same
Any ideas/thoughts welcomed.
Jerry C. Adams
Do what is right because it is right, and leave it alone. -Chiune
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
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