As of December 1, 2020, Focal Point is retired and repurposed as a reference repository. We value the wealth of knowledge that's been shared here over the years. You'll continue to have access to this treasure trove of knowledge, for search purposes only. Moving forward, myibi is our community platform to learn, share, and collaborate. We have the same Focal Point forum categories in myibi, so you can continue to have all new conversations there. If you need access to myibi, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your corporate email address, company, and name.
As for IBI help on their website, one nice addition would be the ability to limit replies to a release of WebFOCUS. If I am looking for something in 8.1.05, I really don't want answers back to version 4.5.
I was about to mention that you can filter results in the search to only those published within specific years, but then I checked it in a customer account and discovered that this is only available to Technical Support Representatives, and not an option for customers.
I use that filter to do exactly that, and I'm really surprised that's restricted to internal IBI accounts. I agree that it's very useful to filter by release, so I'll forward that to our Technical Content people and see if that can be made available to everyone
In the meantime, adding the release number to your search terms does help a lot as well in filtering out content, particularly manuals, that aren't relevant to your release.
Emily, I'll be surprised if your request will be acted upon in a timely manner - we have had to deal with this for over 20 years. Meanwhile, what format should we use for the "release number"? Is "8.1.05M" good, or should it be "8105M"?
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
Self-taught here too. I started sometime in 1999 with FOCUS Six and those "two big red books"... there must have been a few more, but I carried the language reference with me like it was the family bible.
I've done some magic with FOCUS language, more in the backend realm than in the "eyecandy" department. Which now in a sense might help as I'm just getting frustrated "learning AppStudio" and not "unlearning DevStudio"
Cheers, H. WebFOCUS 8.1.05M Oracle 11g - DB2 RedHat
Posts: 115 | Location: Brighton UK | Registered: February 19, 2005
I agree with everyone. I had a co-worker that always asked me questions, so I started asking that person if they change the manual and focal point. I can tell someone how to do something but if you have them research the answer and test it they will learn it and quit bothering everyone else. Focal Point is not a free hands on training center.
I use these forums for inspiration, questions and a chuckle every now and again. I've been lurking here since 2006 and find this a invaluable tool with some of the smartest most creative people!! I too get a wee bit agitated when I see people ask questions that would lead me to believe they have given no effort to come up with a solution themselves and can be answered with "Press F1".
I would not like a voters forum, I feel it would encourage the same problems this thread was sparked from. I would LOVE <3 <3 <3 a "REPORT" button. I realize the moderators are busy, I don't expect them to read "EVERY" post. It would be nice if we could 'help' them keep the boards clean.
WF 8105M / Linux / All outputs all the time
~J Prod: 8.2.03 | OS: AIX | Outputs: you name it...you got it Dev: We don't need no stinkin dev box! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- I may not understand a darn thing you say, but I will defend to the death your right to confuse me.
Posts: 6 | Location: Texas | Registered: November 01, 2006
And for anyone who needs to know something about the coding and what it means and how to use the syntax, consider purchasing the WebFOCUS Keysheet PDF and/or the Almost 1001 Ways to Work with Dates in WebFOCUS.
At least these two quick reference books can show what is available in a very concise, compact way --- Contact Vivian@aviter.com for information, etc.
Might help all the newbies and others who would like to know what is actually available in WebFOCUS --- You will be surprised!
Originally posted by Francis Mariani: Would it be unfair for me to suggest that people identify themselves a little?
There seems to be a new crop of FocalPoint members that appear to be complete beginners that never have had training. We seem to be doing their jobs for them. I enjoy helping people that have tried to work out a problem themselves, but it appears the new members aren't trying very hard.