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September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I was recently browsing my local county recycling center web site and it seems they now accept amongst other things “main frames”!

Got an old z196 you no longer need, just recycle it here.

I do have to wonder how many “main frames” they actually get though, or even why it is on there!

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The Kid is such a smart ass…

December 8, 2010 1 comment

If you’ve been following this blog at all you will know that I am doing all this web stuff in order to build a media player that can be controlled from my iPod Touch.

Well yesterday the kid tells me that you can already do that with iTunes (who knew!) and a quick search found at least one app called Signal that does something similar (and probably a lot better than what I am trying to do).

Still where’s the fun in using stuff that someone else has written as I’ve learned so much doing my own thing.

When I explained what I was doing to the kid and why, he just said “why not use a stick to reach over and touch the keyboard”? The little bugger even presented me with a stick this morning.


He has a point though but in this case at least it’s as much about me just doing this because I want and can do it, as actually producing something useful. It all adds to the experience pool. Now I just need to figure out how to get paid for it!

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Decisions, decisions, decisions …

May 19, 2010 1 comment

Trying to decide if should invest more time in my data set list demo by adding job tracking to submitted jobs, add a complete SDSF function on a new tab or do do something totally different.

A couple of thoughts I have had in the ‘totally different’ area are:

Graphical JCL builder.

Drop data sets (from data set list result dialogs) onto pre built blocks of JCL (job steps) and use some sort of flow chart type GUI to do the conditional stuff. I’d need to handle things like temporary data sets, program parms and the like as well.

Graphical Programming.

Graphically define control block and data layouts and the processing. I think the layout bit is pretty easy, defining the processing not so much! The trick is to avoid creating yet another ‘procedural’ language. I want to be able to SEE the logic from the diagram instead of having to read and understand code in order know what is going on.

Extending jQuery Plugins

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Not much going on with my ISPF interface at the moment. I want to add some additional functionality to the jQuery UI dialog plugin so I’m trying to figure out how to extend it properly rather than modify the base code.

I have been writing a section on here on how to roll your own web server. Whilst I am not publishing any code at this time I thought the basic knowledge might be useful to someone.

Oh almost forgot. I did make the data set list returned by the 3.4 function into a dialog instead of embedding it into the page. That means you can have multiple data set lists open at the same time (for drag and drop between data sets in different lists) and you can also switch to another tab without losing the lists (to drop data sets onto other ‘functions’ hosted by other tabs).

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Opera broken too…

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Same issue, no data when the request type is POST but the fix that worked for Chrome does not fix it.

So for now it looks like I am going to have to go back to using GET for all the ajax requests.

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Well almost…

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Just tried my ISPF web app on IE 6 and it is still broken in that the tool box does not position itself correctly, nor does my ‘loading’ animation. Weird because the dialog boxes do center themselves correctly on the screen. I guess my code still needs ‘tweaking’. Either that or I ignore IE6 since I figure its life expectancy is probably pretty limited anyway.

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