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Programming / Re: VisPro Rexx printed manual
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:23:54 pm »
Hi Barbara, that would be great, many thanks  :)

What's the best way to get the files to you? Shall I attach here?

Would I be able to have a copy of the VX-REXX PDF too? I have a license for that somewhere, but I lost the media ages ago and I don't think I ever got beyond installing it. I keep on the lookout for it coming up on eBay but so far no joy. I'm not sure about the legal status of VX-REXX though, so that may not be possible. I know Watcom open sourced the C/C++/Fortran compilers but I never heard anything about Rexx.

Actually, I wonder whether it would be worth popping the PDFs on hobbes for access by a wider audience?

Anyways, thanks again for your very kind offer


Web applications / Re: Web/2 and PHP5
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:12:57 pm »
No luck. I even removed web/2 and reinstalled it, then I copied the php.exe from the PHP 5.2 archive and tried that, then copied the php_cgi.exe (which is what I meant by the php.exe before, I got the name wrong, sorry) from PHP5.5 and tried that, having amended the cgi config file and restarted web/2


I'll probably have to go down the Apache route ans see whether that works. 

Programming / Re: VisPro Rexx printed manual
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:50:18 pm »
Hi Martin,

Yes I have the latest 3.1.1 release with all the latest patches. It's a really great Visual IDE, if a little rough around some edges (understandably given it's not been developed in years)

I have seen those articles you mention. I was just hoping that in the unlikely event of someone gaving the printed manual and no longer wanting/needing it, they might consider parting with it. I prefer print to online docs for some reason.

The app I found on Hobbes is just a small utility to allow users to easily configure the startup file for the QLaY Sinclair QL emulator (which itself runs under DOS). I had a couple of other apps written in Vispro Rexx that did rather more than this (one generated a bunch of SQL statements for a client given various parameters if I remember correctly) but as I said, alas, I cannot find a CD with the source backed up.

Anyway, thanks for replying.  :) 


Web applications / Re: Web/2 and PHP5
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:53:15 pm »
Hi there,

Many thanks for the pointers - I'll try you tips out tonight :)

As for using one of those other languages, none of the ones you mention are really ideal for web development from a portability perspective I'd say. For example, I don't know of Apache or nginx modules for erlang or scala, but I could be wrong as I've never even considered looking for them!

I like PHP though: I've built enterprise systems in it used by both the UK government and various EU bodies, numerous large corporates, my own online game etc, so I reckon it can stand the test ;)  Yeah it's riddled with inconsistencies and has gotchas at every turn for the unwary, but it's perfectly usable if you know what you're doing (been using it almost daily for I think over 10 years now)

Erlang and Scala I don't really know well at all (although I am currently reading a book designed for OO developers to get the hang a functional programming) and I've never used Modula2 although I did use Pascal quite a bit in the very distant past (I even got 100% in my pascal exams. The one and only time I ever scored 100% in a formal exam :D )

I did look at erlang a little when I was doing some work on a Riak NoSQL storage layer for a system a few months back. Brain hurt!!!  Riak itself was easy enough to set up and interact with via its APIs though.

Smalltalk was the language I loved most - I used to build banking programs in Digitalk Visual Smalltalk for OS/2 a long time ago.

(Edit: fixed some typos)

Programming / VisPro Rexx printed manual
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:38:46 pm »
Hi there,

If anyone has a printed copy of the VisPro Rexx manual that they would like to donate or sell at a reasonable price (inc postage to the UK), could you let me know?

I have the manuals as inf files but I prefer to use books on the whole.  I know that the manual is probably out of date compared to the last released version but that would still be fine. It's mainly the overall approach/architecture and workflow I want to remember. As far as I can remember, I never had printed manuals, just an electronic download direct from hockware.

I have some app ideas I'd like to try out and it's been a while since I've used either eCS or VisPro so I need to do some bedtime reading to refresh my mind

Alas, I've lost all my old Vispro source files for the programs I wrote years ago. I notice one of the program binaries is still on hobbes though so that was fun to find!

Web applications / Web/2 and PHP5
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:23:28 pm »
Firstly, hello everyone.  I've been following these forums for years (I believe that I may have had another login at some point in the dim and distant past but I've no idea whether I posted or not)

I used to be a major OS/2 and eCS fan until the delights of OS X drew me away. (Sorry! :) )

I recently got a major nostalgia rush and decided to install eCS (1.2MR) on an old Dell laptop. Well, eCS installed but I could not get networking to work at all so I had to abandon that. I have however managed to install it onto VirtualBox and all is working nicely.

Now, I'd like to get Web/2 (WEB2BETA4 file from hobbes) and PHP (php5.exe CGI version from Paul Smedley's site) working together

I know that this should work - others seem to have succeeded and I remember that the last time I had eCS installed I had the same setup working (with PHP4 at the time)

I have copied the php.exe file into the cgi-bin folder and written a very basic test file, phpinfo.php that I have popped into the html folder:

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However, when I open the file in either Netscape or Mozilla (I have not got around to getting Firefox installed - that's another story! ) nothing happens: Mozilla reloads the current page (directory listing) immediately, whilst Netscape states that there was an empty response.

When I place Web/2's sample cgi examples into the two folders, these work fine.

Anyone got any ideas what I am doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help :)

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