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  • 1.  D3 Training material.

    PARTNER
    Posted 03-12-2021 06:33
    Hi 

    I would like to find out where can I download or find any D3 training documentation or material.
    I'm from a Universe Basic background and would like to learn D3.

    Regards,

    Thando Ngayi

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    Thando Ngayi
    Axiz
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  • 2.  RE: D3 Training material.

    ROCKETEER
    Posted 03-12-2021 11:29
    Hi, Thando. I would start with reviewing these online documents:

    D3/Windows Sys Admin Guide:
    https://www3.rocketsoftware.com/rocketd3/support/documentation/d3nt/103/admin/index.htm

    D3 User Guide:
    https://www3.rocketsoftware.com/rocketd3/support/documentation/d3nt/103/userguide/index.htm

    D3 Ref Manual:
    https://www3.rocketsoftware.com/rocketd3/support/documentation/d3nt/103/userguide/index.htm

    The Ref Manual is ( as the name implies ) a reference and not a tutorial, but since you're already an MV guy, you should be able to navigate it easily.

    If you have more questions after reviewing this material, please reach out. I'm currently in the process of creating some D3 learning material and I'll post that herein when it becomes available.

    Meanwhile, have you signed up for the MVU Hot Backup sessions? The one for Windows is next week on Tuesday then repeated on Wednesday. Here's the invite. Please sign up!
    https://info.rocketsoftware.com/MVU-Virtual-Events.html

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    Brian Cram
    Senior Technical Support Engineer
    Rocket Software
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  • 3.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 03-14-2021 17:43
    The D3 Reference Manual leaves a lot to be desired. It is nothing compared to the Universe Ref Manual. It is poorly structured, badly explained and lacks relevant examples. I have asked Rocket to update it previously but was met with a negative response. Unless you know exactly what you're looking for it's hard to find any help in there. Anyway, if you know what you're looking for then perhaps you don't even need the D3 Ref Manual...
    I'll ask again here, more publicly: Dear Rocket, PLEASE update the D3 Reference Manual with better explanations and more relevant examples. Some things don't even have an example! Please also improve the cross-reference listings and text search functionality.

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    Walter Kiess
    SA Police Super
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  • 4.  RE: D3 Training material.

    ROCKETEER
    Posted 03-16-2021 17:22

    Hi Walter.

    I agree that the D3 Reference Manual could benefit from some improvement in the area of user-friendly content, examples and such.

    I've been working with our documentation team to provide examples where there are none as well as to reword some topics that could benefit from a little "Engineering to English" translation. At this point I've only scratched the surface, but I'm committed to continue the process knowing that it's going to take a very long time.

    The problem with something this vast is where does one start? For me, it was working customers' documentation-specific support cases and that has yielded some positive results. Additionally, in my daily use of the guide, where I used to stumble on an unclear topic and merely say "I hate this" and go about my business, I now try to take the time to improve the topic and submit the changes to our Information Development team. That has also yielded positive results.

    There are two of your documentation requests I'm still working on that have to do with F- and A-correlative examples. I dropped the ball on those, apologies, but am picking it up again as we speak.

    Going forward, if you have some specific topic areas that you feel need work, shoot me an email and I'll review them as part of the work I'm already doing. In the future, it may be better to open a 'documentation case' with MBS (VAR) when you come across something that needs improvement. In either case, please include the topic reference (D3 Reference Manual | Topic | Subtopic) and a few words about what is confusing or missing.

    Sound like a plan?



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    Brian Cram
    Senior Technical Support Engineer
    Rocket Software
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  • 5.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 03-17-2021 07:12
    Thank you, Brian.

    I was not aware anything was being done on the documentation side of things. I realise it's a big job, but since the manual is online, I was hoping (specific) changes when requested would appear quickly.
    My last search was on how to access items on another server on the same network using the server's name. I've done this before, but that was over 10 years ago, but couldn't remember how I did it. I should have written it down, cest la vi. It wasn't using the HOSTS file. I used the server's URL inside [ ] followed by a : and the account and file name of the remote server. Do you think I could find anything in the manual about this? I had to jump from one article to another. Some had links to relevant information, others had no iinks at all, so back to the search box it was. I still haven't been able to figure this out. All my searches came up empty-handed. We called them Super Q-Pointers, but that may be the wrong terminology judging from what I've read so far.
    I appreciate the ability to point out areas that need improving via a documentation case, thank you. I'll raise those if/when I come across them in the future. Sadly, it's all rather late for me though since I'll be retiring in 5 months (circumstances working out in my favour). I'm more concerned about the next generation of (young) D3 programmers, being used to much better documentation from other languages such as VB, C#, Python, etc. Seeing the D3 Reference Manual may put them off in pursuing a career in D3. As it is, we are currently not able to find anyone with PICK experience to replace me.

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    Walter Kiess
    SA Police Super
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  • 6.  RE: D3 Training material.

    ROCKETEER
    Posted 03-17-2021 10:41
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    Thanks, Walter. To answer your question in general, we're in the process of creating some learning material that can be publicly available, and I'll use this forum to keep everyone posted on this process. I expect to be doing this in addition to my support duties for the rest of my life at Rocket. I have no plans to retire, just hope I don't get hit by a bus.

    To answer your question on accessing items on another FSI server, it's a weird coincidence that the answer is included in the content of the FSI Hot Backup webinar you attended yesterday. Remember that the secondary server reads the queue directly from the primary server using the FSI: OSFI driver. The syntax is:

    FSI:[//serverOrIP]accountName,fileDict,fileData

    So if you want to copy records from a server called "Sidney" that has a CUSTOMERS file in the OP account, it would be:

    COPY FSI:[//Sidney]OP,CUSTOMERS,
    To: (whatever

    One of the documentation issues I've enhanced but is not posted yet has to do with the DM,HOSTS, file ( which includes the FSI driver you were looking for ). I've attached my modifications which I invite you to compare to the topic as-is in the D3 Reference Manual > System files > hosts file topic. Let me know if you think I'm on the right track.

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    Brian S. Cram
    Senior Technical Support Engineer
    Rocket Software
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    OSFIhosts.docx   24 KB 1 version


  • 7.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 03-17-2021 19:32
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    That sure was a coincidence! I didn't realise the FSI: in the command referred to the HOSTS file and its purpose as it was never explained to me. I was just handed the code and told to use it. C'est la vie...
    I tried using this method to connect from our D3 V10.3.2 server to our D3 V9.2.2 server and vice versa. It didn't work. Mike Raffael from MBS advised it was due to an incompatibility with 32bit and 64bit versions of D3 and RPC. There goes my idea of a quick and easy data transfer between the two servers for items missing in the update. I'll have to stick to the save and restore procedure.
    Thanks for including the HOSTS file doco. Very helpful. You're definitely on the right track. I took the liberty of correcting some spelling and grammar. See attached doc.

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    Walter Kiess
    SA Police Super
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    HOSTS File.docx   25 KB 1 version


  • 8.  RE: D3 Training material.

    ROCKETEER
    Posted 03-17-2021 19:37
    Thanks, Walter. I'll take a look. So that's the sliver lining of it not being deployed yet. I have a chance to fix it!!

    Thanks again

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    Brian S. Cram
    Senior Technical Support Engineer
    Rocket Software
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  • 9.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 6 days ago
    Just wanted to bounce this thread.   We are in the process of hiring new person and in search of training material.  Everything I find points to the old jes.com website that no longer exists.   I attended many of the JES trainings!!! 

    Ideas on how to bring a new person into the fold?


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    Craig Curtis
    System Programmer
    Sevier Valley School District
    Richfield UT US
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  • 10.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi Craig,
    Try https://everything.explained.today/Pick_operating_system/
    at the bottom of the article are several manuals (books) worth researching.
    When I taught 'Pick' to over 200 students, the course objective was to
    create a functioning Sales Order Processing suite of programs from a set of
    menus. Took around 3 months to complete the course. It's simple, but there
    is so much that Pick can do. (No, I don't have any manuals left, sorry)
    Merry

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    07774212819
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/merryplayer
    https://www.merryplayer.com



  • 11.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 6 days ago
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    I see that _ on Amazon

    The Pick Programming Language: Basic (Chapman and Hall Computing) 1st Edition



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    Bill Brutzman
    IT Manager
    Hk Metalcraft Manufacturing Corporation
    Lodi NJ US
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  • 12.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 5 days ago
    Looks like this is out of print and becoming a collector item. 146$ on eBay. Used on amazon 96.44$

    Thanks. Wish they were available electronically. :(

    > On Nov 22, 2021, at 3:46 PM, Bill Brutzman via Rocket Forum


  • 13.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 4 days ago
    Did you see this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDL9b64fYzw

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    Will Johnson
    Systems Analyst
    Rocket Forum Shared Account
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  • 14.  RE: D3 Training material.

    PARTNER
    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi Craig,
    Try this link.
    https://jes78.wixsite.com/jesdotcom




  • 15.  RE: D3 Training material.

    Posted 6 days ago
    These might be helpful:

    Thinqware-Services-Training-Install-OpenQM
    Thinqware remove preview
    Thinqware-Services-Training-Install-OpenQM
    What is OpenQM? (It's a 'flavor' of Pick.) WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! THIS IS *ONLY* FOR A DEBIAN-BASED LINUX! So, you must first install Linux. Where do I get OpenQM? Just click on this link! When the dialog-box appears, click the 'Save File' radio-button, and then the 'OK' button.
    View this on Thinqware >

    Thinqware-Services-Training-What-Is-Pick
    Thinqware remove preview
    Thinqware-Services-Training-What-Is-Pick
    Who uses Pick? You can start reading here ... ... and here ... ... or you can watch the video series, What is Pick? Reference works: Jonathan E.
    View this on Thinqware >


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    Marcus Rhodes
    Owner
    Rocket Forum Shared Account
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