This APIs by Example delivers the final installment of the User Application Information APIs article series. Here, I show you how user application information can be put to practical use. This article also ties a thread back to another previously published article demonstrating recent enhancements to API date and time zone support. Links to all these articles are provided at the end of this article. Further, today’s issue delivers a brand-new Work with User Time Zone Information (WRKUSRTMZ) command, which also constitutes a first in this column, as far as UIM List Panel Groups and User Interface Manager (UIM) APIs are concerned.
Though most of these APIs have been around since V2R2, I rarely encounter applications or utilities that take advantage of UIM panel groups and APIs. One very interesting exception to that rule is Azubike Oguine, who wrote a number of articles demonstrating UIM API and panel group coding techniques that were published in iSeries NEWS. I recommend using Azubike’s articles as a guide and inspiration if you run into obstacles while developing your own UIM utilities. Some of them explain in great detail the many different UIM concepts, conventions, and structures. At the end of this article, I provide a link to Azubike’s articles.