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SQL "Trick" - Control The Optimization Strategy - Database query performance is usually a top priority for administrators and users of data-driven applications. A little creativity, in conjunction with a solid understanding of how the SQL engine optimizes queries and utilizes indexes, can go a long way in coming up with solid solutions that meet the end user's needs.

Using Third-Party Libraries with Eclipse and the BDT - Your no cost application building blocks. One of the benefits afforded to BBj developers is that they can mix standard Business BASIC syntax with Java syntax. They can and do easily take advantage of hundreds of Java libraries leveraging tried and tested open-source application building blocks such as an email utility, a report writer, and much more!

Getting Started with the Dashboard Utility - Even if classes, methods, and objects are new to you, you do not need a Computer Science degree to write a useful dashboard program. Like traditional BBx programs that make use of external code or libraries, our dashboard example program uses custom utility classes to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to executing code. Perspectives and Projects and Views, Oh My! - A Survival Guide for New Eclipse Users

Turn Out More Work Better and Faster, Transitioning from NetBeans to the BDT IDE and Eclipse - Who doesn't want to turn out more work better and faster? We spotlight two articles which facilitate your usage of BASIS' IDE that can help you do just that! 

Metrics: Tell Me About It - Inevitably the time will come when an administrator or manager would like to know a bit more detail about the activity occurring within BBj, whether that be for optimization, troubleshooting, or auditing purposes. The BBj Metrics feature is an excellent tool to make this task quick, easy, robust, and available in real-time.

Proven Performance And... it’s built with BBj technology! We are proud to call MarkSystems a Platinum BASIS Partner. Their successes with application development and software solutions that meet the needs and growth of their customers have made them a leader in the industry, and a top reseller in our books. BBj continues to give them an edge with new functionality and deployment options for a seamless “total package” solution. 

Old Tech, New Life: A Cost-Effective Approach - For years BASIS has touted the theme of "A Second Life for Legacy Software." This was put to the test when a major end-user of BASIS technology faced the need to modernize their application to deliver on new process improvements. Sound familiar?

Developing PRO/5 Code in Eclipse - If you are a PRO/5® developer and would love to leverage all that the Eclipse IDE has to offer such as BASIS and third-party code management plug-ins, there is a new option for you. Try using Eclipse and the Business BASIC Development Toolkit (BDT) plug-in to edit your PRO/5 programs.

Content-Driven Web Pages with BBJSP, Commands, and Deployment - This is the follow-up article to Getting Started with BBJSP, in which we presented both what BBJSP is and how to use it to create content-driven web pages, and Contexts and BBJSP

Get Started with Content-Driven Web Pages with BBJSP - Have you ever wanted to leverage your BBx® knowledge to implement the Model-view-controller architecture to generate web pages? Now you can! 

Lightning Fast Google-like Searches of Your BBx Data without Adding Keys - Have you ever wanted to have Google-like fast searches of your BBx data from your PRO/5® and BBj® applications? BBx's new FULLTEXT indices, courtesy of the open source Apache Lucene project, is the solution.

Most Significant PRO/5 Enhancement in Over a Decade  - Did you ever wish that PRO/5® could have the benefits of all the great new database features that come with the BASIS DBMS, like stored procedures, data replication, data change auditing, triggers, asynchronous triggers, the Google-like Lucene search engine, and more? Well, now PRO/5 can, and all without needing to change a line of code, and most likely without loss of performance.

So Many Tasks, So Little Time...U.S. labor productivity is tracked by the Department of Labor as an industry's total output divided by the hours worked by its employees. As output rises relative to employee hours, productivity rises. At BASIS, the strategic direction has long been to provide you with tools to improve your development productivity. To that end, we have leveraged a simple but valuable Eclipse feature.

Maximizing the Power of the Digital Dashboard Widget - The Dashboard Utility, introduced in BBj 14.0, has been steadily growing more flexible and capable with each subsequent release thanks to your feedback of wishes. Developers, and even users can now do so much more!

EMQUE On Cue with BUI Apps That are 'In' - Customers have been lining up for a BASIS partner's mobile construction management solution employing BUI - BASIS' browser user interface. EMQUE's solution reduces paperwork, improves efficiency, while supporting a variety of mobile devices.

Zero Deployment with JNLPThere is no need to install a BBj thin client on each machine manually when Web Start can handle this automatically. Instead, using the EM, configure those enterprise applications to run from Web Start quickly and safely via the provided URL.

BASIS' DBMS Leaves PRO/5 Data Server in its Dust! As business needs grow, it is vital that core enterprise applications and their required data access scale as well. BASIS took another huge step forward by providing this scaling in the area of concurrent read access to the data, all without any configuration or application changes!

Painless Payables - Anywhere! - Who wouldn't want to save time by limiting the movement of paper, eliminating the filing of paper invoices, and eliminating manual check signing? 

Anatomy of a Replication Job - Replication is a powerful and easy-to-implement feature that every BASIS customer has reason to put to work. It provides an invaluable safety net that anyone would pay dearly for if the situation ever required it. Replication provides extra data security and peace of mind.

HIPAA And Sarbanes Oxley Compliancy - Legislation such as HIPPA and Sarbanes Oxley mandate that a company needs to monitor various data access and change operations from within a business application or implement data encryption. The 'Change Audit Logging' and 'Data Access Trigger' features built into the BASIS DBMS are great options to address these requirements without needing to change a single line of application code, or even changing interpreters. 

A DAM-EDV Picture is Worth 1,000 Woods - One of the largest logging companies in Austria, BASIS customer DAM-EDV developed a smartphone delivery note app for drivers to use whenever they transport a load of logs.

New and Improved Locking Detection Discover who has a file locked or a particular record extracted using some new simple methods.

BDT Tips for Less Pain and More Gain - Gain a few tips and tricks that BASIS engineers use daily in the Business BASIC Development Tools.

A Morphed Copy of Your Data - Use triggers to fire asynchronously on a target as a result of data changes to the source filesystem.

Ready, Set, Drill - Create more powerful queries than ever before and link queries together, cascading them one to the other, or link queries to your own custom program.

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