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can some one help me in giving some webfocus interview FAQ's
 
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For you to ask?

- or -

For you to answer?

Wink

Either way, I would be cautious about posting any on this board as any applicant could get though an interview without the requisite, underlying, knowledge - thus defeating the whole purpose of an interview!!

If they were for you to ask an interviewee then you could end up with someone who has to continually ask questions on this (or other) forum(s) because of a basic lack of knowledge, thus ending up getting the good folks here to do their work for them!!!

Not that this happens of course - lol

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Q: How many WebFOCUS programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Depends on the version of the light bulb.


Francis


Give me code, or give me retirement. In FOCUS since 1991

Production: WF 7.7.05M, Dev Studio, BID, MRE, WebSphere, DB2 / Test: WF 8.1.05M, App Studio, BI Portal, Report Caster, jQuery, HighCharts, Apache Tomcat, MS SQL Server
 
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Q: How many WebFOCUS programmers does it take to change a light bulb? Please illustrate the solution in an example using the CAR file.


et


FOCUS 7.6 MVS PDF,HTML,EXCEL
 
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Good One

I love you guys!!!


Glenda

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I think about the only questions you can ask that would provide avluable responses would be about experience - platforms (MVS, Linux, Windows)
development environments/tools (IDEs, Web tools) products (iWay, WF, ReportCaster, DevStudio)
features (Active Reports, self-service, MRE)
and last but not least, time using the products

Other than that, as Tony mentions, someone could just "cram for the test" without having the valuable tools


Regards,

Darin



In FOCUS since 1991
WF Server: 7.7.04 on Linux and Z/OS, ReportCaster, Self-Service, MRE, Java, Flex
Data: DB2/UDB, Adabas, SQL Server Output: HTML,PDF,EXL2K/07, PS, AHTML, Flex
WF Client: 77 on Linux w/Tomcat
 
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Did you know that this is valid syntax:

TABLE FILE CAR PRINT THE SALES AND THE DCOST BY THE COUNTRY 
END


The THE is for "readability".


Francis


Give me code, or give me retirement. In FOCUS since 1991

Production: WF 7.7.05M, Dev Studio, BID, MRE, WebSphere, DB2 / Test: WF 8.1.05M, App Studio, BI Portal, Report Caster, jQuery, HighCharts, Apache Tomcat, MS SQL Server
 
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Check out the join syntax in CAR file example. This works and gives no errors on MVS focus 7.11.

TABLE FILE CAR
BY COUNTRY AS KOUNTRY
ON TABLE HOLD AS HOLD1 AND SET ASNAMES ON
END
TABLE FILE CAR
PRINT CAR
BY COUNTRY
ON TABLE HOLD AS HOLD2
END
JOIN COUNTRY HOLD2 KOUNTRY HOLD1 J1
TABLEF FILE HOLD2
PRINT CAR BY KOUNTRY
END

KOUNTRY CAR
------- ---
ENGLAND JAGUAR
JENSEN
TRIUMPH
----------------------------
FRANCE PEUGEOT
----------------------------
ITALY ALFA ROMEO
MASERATI
----------------------------
JAPAN DATSUN
TOYOTA
----------------------------
W GERMANY AUDI
BMW
----------------------------


> ? join
JOINS CURRENTLY ACTIVE

HOST CROSSREFERENCE
FIELD FILE TAG FIELD FILE TAG AS ALL
----- ---- --- ----- ---- --- -- ---
COUNTRY HOLD2 KOUNTRY HOLD1 J1
> >


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E.T.

The answer to your earlier question is -

One,

MODIFY FILE CAR
NEXT COUNTRY
ON NEXT CONTINUE
NEXT CAR
ON NEXT CONTINUE
NEXT MODEL
ON NEXT COMPUTE HEADLIGHT_DIP/A8 = IF D.COUNTRY EQ 'ENGLAND' THEN 'LEFT' ELSE 'RIGHT';
ON NEXT UPDATE HEADLIGHT_DIP
DATA ON FIDEL
END

-

Do I get the job Wink

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We're still waiting for you in Texas Tony. Smiler


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ROFL ROFL ROFL




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She's baaaaack! Smiler


Francis


Give me code, or give me retirement. In FOCUS since 1991

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Yes Susannah we miss you on here.


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A train leaves Chicago at 9:32AM going 47 MPH. Another train leaves NYC at 6:37AM going 28 MPH.

A WebFOCUS programmer is trying to get his/her Page X of Page Y working in a compound PDF report composed of 6 different reports using version 5.2.x.

Question. Which will occur first - the programmer correctly completing his/her PDF, or the two trains meeting?


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Rick,

What continent does the programmer come from? Wink and how many days experience does that person have?

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Mind telling us in what direction the two trains are going? Music


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I think they are going to colide if the programmers are on the train trying to put the page numbers on the PDF compound report.


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WOW!! Tough crowd..though a very funny bunch...thanks for the lunchtime laughs.

Kummy, are you experienced at all in any of the FOCUS products? If not experienced, then I'd also have to agree with the Tony that it's just not fair to anyone, though when someone is in an interview, rarely would they have access to the forum on the spot like that, if they even know it exists(I only found out about it recently and I've been using this language since 1988!!!...yes, I've lived quite a sheltered career...).

My only advice is that if you look through the forum you'll see questions that folks are asking (i.e. difference between compute and define, etc.) and determine questions and expected answers.

I do have to add my two cents though...my favorite that rarely gets answered properly when I do interviews is: What does FOCUS stand for?

Also, if anyone states that they know FOCUS on their resume, but it's in lower-case, toss the resume because they don't know that's it's an acronym and has NOTHING to do with micro-focus COBOL(you have no idea how many recruiters think that it does).

Good luck,
Carol


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last version used: v7.1; truly miss the wonderful things I did with WebFOCUS, HTML, & JavaScript.
 
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Q: How many Tech Reps does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: They Can't. The product was installed properly.

Music
 
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... and the most important question of all?

Where is the manual?

Although now-a-days it could quite possibly be "Where is the manual CD?" or "Where are the manuals?". For, as Carol will no doubt confirm, things have moved on since the early days of FOCUS and the manual has now become a small library Confused

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Rick,

I am curious as to why the train out of Chicago is travelling at almost twice the speed of the one out of NYC?

Is it something about the neighbourhood? Or has the one out of NYC only half the wheels it arrived with?

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Whilst the thoughts are coming, how about getting a car sticker to hand out at the next Summit -

"Old FOCUS coders never die, they just become functionally stable."

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Hmmm...I think using the word "stable", at least for me, would be a stretch...at least that's what I'm told.

As for manuals, my End User-Written subroutine manual(now termed FUNCTIONS) still is quite handy...though I'm sure outdated.


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wow.. what does FOCUS stand for? that's a great Summit Trivia Contest question, along with What does WORP stand for?.

Kummy, we do apologize for hijacking your thread. But we're all tired and punchy and your topic was just irresistible.




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ET,

You just love showing the join without IN and TO don't you Wink

FOCUS an acronym Idea
I GOT IT!!! Falling On Crusty Used Socks

No?

OK - how about Forget Other Custom Utilization Software



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For On-line Computer UserS I think it's stated in one of those old manuals that Tony mentioned me having.

As for WORP...it's some type of router protocol but I don't remember what WO is?


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kummy - a couple of good questions are;
What are your WebFOCUS strenghts?
What ar your WebFOCUS weaknesses?


Rick - very funny! Take the page numbers off, leave them on the train and you'll be beat both trains!

Hey, I was doing some Disaster Recovery testing last week and got a WORP error. It was because Java wasn't installed on the DR box.



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ok, Wiggly Orthogonal Router Protocol




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the answer is - "never the twain shall meet"


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Funny
Old
Coders
Under
Stress

Surely?

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