October 2008

Warning: dodgy example:   In the documentation for LIB$WAIT, there is an example written in COBOL followed by an extremely misleading comment. (115 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)

Logical name quagmire:   When you design an application, be careful how you define the supporting logical names. Logical names are a powerful concept that unfortunately can be very easy to make exceptionally confusing. Here are a couple of things to definitely avoid. (245 words, 2 comments, 0 pings)

Daylight savings approaching:   Daylight savings starts here in Sydney this coming weekend. As you probably know, the USA changed their daylight savings start and end times this year, and Australia promptly followed suit. For OpenVMS, this means that a change needs to be made to the timezone rules, especially if you have SYSGEN parameter AUTO_DLIGHT_SAV set to 1. (165 words, 0 comments, 0 pings)