CT3 rolling out Speedware Upgrades
August 30, 1999 -- Working with The Campbell Group
in Portland, CT3 has begun the upgrade process to Speedware version
7.04.02. These folks took the opportunity to upgrade to ORACLE
8.0.5 at the same time. In coordination with our client's IT
schedules, CT3 will continue rolling out the upgrades to other customers
as well. In some cases, the current version of ORACLE will
also need to be upgraded, as Speedware 7.04 must work with ORACLE
version 7.3.3 or higher. However, most of our clients are in good
shape in this regard.
Now, users might ask what the benefits of version 7.04 are --other
than the usual IT reasons to keep up with current
technology. As it turns out, there are several new
features that users will notice.
Viewing "Screen Reports" --
Most users know they can send a report to the "screen"
Printer ID. This allows you to treat any report as an online
inquiry. Speedware 7.04 provides more flexibility in moving
around to view the "report". When the report returns
to your screen and displays the first screen image, you now have
extra options for navigating around. These new options include
going to the end of a report, the top or beginning of the report,
paging forward and back, as well as entering the page number
you want to review.
Century Date Cut-off -- This is a
"Y2K" aid. Older versions of Speedware assume that
when you enter "00" for the year, you mean
"1900". Although you can avoid the problem by keying
in "2000" for the year, few keystrokes are always
nice. Version 7.04 lets CT3 enter a cut-off year for
interpreting the century. So, if you enter a cut-off year of
"80", the two-digits years of "80 - 99" will be
interpreted as "1980 - 1999". The remaining range of
"00 - 79" will then be read as "2000 - 2079".
Sorting selection lists -- this new
version also makes it much easier to provide intelligent sorting of
selection lists, particularly in the case of "nested"
selections that use more than one parameter. Say you want a
list of sales contracts, but you only want to see the contracts for
a particular customer. It is now simpler to order the list
selected so that (as an example), the most recent contracts are at
the top of the listing. We know our customers will soon
suggest more opportunities to take advantage of this feature.
Dynamic Links to ORACLE -- Speedware
version 7.04 accesses ORACLE in a different and more efficient
manner. Users may notice this as it takes less time to compile
new releases and updates. So, the first time you access that
modified or new screen, it will take significantly less time
"compiling . . ." than in the past.