>I am interested in hearing about any productivity tools other JBA users >have used to enhance their package software. We have a need for >extensive modifications to existing programs, plus many additional >reports and batch update programs. We have used the Interactive Report Generator that is part of the Interactive Program Generator (IPG) package that JBA provides. This generates RPG code that is quite efficient IF you pay careful attention to the use of joins. I suspect that we are in the category of very advanced users of this tool. We developed a full complement of sales reports this way as well as most of the day to day reports used on site. We take advantage of the capability to use "snippets" of RPG code within the report generator to do various tasks. Without that use this approach would not meet our requirements. We had some great training and support in this area, but I understand that the trainer we had, Brian Gartland, has since left JBA. Our Southern California site has had more custom RPG reports created by contract programmers. We elected not to do that, but use a combination of Query/400 and IRG for virtually all of our reporting needs. We have just recently been testing the Envisage module, actually a relabeled version of Corvu. This product also uses ODBC for connectivity. This is pretty nice for drill down analysis and charting. It has a reporting capability as well, but it looks a little more difficult to learn. Performance is totally dependent on the quality of the ODBC driver set that you use. I highly recommend the 32 bit drivers from Hit Software running over the NetSoft router. That combination has very good speed even over reasonably large files. For very large files we tend to stay with the IRG approach. Hope this helps. Bruce Stern +--- | This is the JBA Software Users Mailing List! | To submit a new message send your mail to "JBAUSERS-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to JBAUSERS-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner: firstname.lastname@example.org. +---
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