Monday
29 April
2002 International Rexx Symposium - Research Triangle Park, NC
  8:30
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  9:15
Empire AB Late Registration and Eye-Opener
Assorted Juices, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, Assorted Breads, Coffee, Tea, and Sodas will be available.
  9:15
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  9:30
Empire AB Chip Davis
president@rexxla.org
President
RexxLA
Research Triangle Park, NC USA
Welcoming Remarks
  9:30
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10:30
Empire AB Mike Cowlishaw
mfc@uk.ibm.com
IBM Fellow
IBM UK Laboratories
Winchester, ENGLAND
The Evolution of Rexx
How did Rexx evolve from a wish list to a working language?   The language began with a clear goal: to make programming easier than before.   Getting the design right for people to use was more important than ease of implementation.   The key to achieving this was rapid evolution in the first year, driven by vigorous feedback from early users and guided by some key principles.   In this talk, Mike will describe how Rexx got started and cover the underlying design principles and philosophies which were followed in the design of both Rexx and NetRexx.
10:30
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10:45
Empire AB Break
Fresh Coffee, Tea, Juice, and Sodas will be available.
10:45
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11:45
Empire AB Lavrentios Servissoglou
servissoglou@de.ibm.com
Project Lead, Object REXX Dev.
IBM Development Lab
Boeblingen, GERMANY
Object REXX Interface to Databases (orxODBC)
The presentation will show a new object oriented interface for Object REXX to ODBC.   This interface is developed from scratch and provides an (easy) access to the majority of databases.   The interface looks like JDBC; even JDBC-samples may be used to show the functionality of IBM orxODBC.   With the help of a small HTML class and mod_rexx you may connect database to the web.
11:45
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  1:00
Royal Lunch
Menu: Roast Pork Loin Italianne, House Salad, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Rolls and Butter, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Coffee, Tea, Unsweetened Iced Tea.
  1:00
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  2:00
Empire AB Allen Richardson
arichardson@slickedit.com
Systems Engineer
SlickEdit, Inc.
Morrisville, NC USA
Using Visual SlickEdit for Rexx Application Development
This session will demonstrate how Visual SlickEdit can be used to reduce application development time and costs for the Rexx developer on different platforms.   Capabilities to be demonstrated include reducing keystrokes, side-by-side file comparison, syntax expansion and user-defined coding styles.   Demonstration platform will be Windows 2000 with discussion of Visual SlickEdit for OS/390.
  2:00
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  3:00
Empire AB Ian Collier
Ian.Collier@comlab.ox.ac.uk
Computing Officer
Oxford University
Oxford, ENGLAND
Creating a Rexx External Function in C
Rexx has extensibility as part of its language definition.   Ian will describe how to make use of the most commonly available Application Programming Interface -- namely the SAA API, which enables you to write add-ons such as external functions or to add Rexx programmability to your existing application.
  3:00
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  3:15
Empire AB Break
Fresh Coffee, Tea, Juice, Sodas, Cookies, and Brownies will be available.
  3:15
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  4:15
Empire AB David Ruggles
david@safedatausa.com
Network Engineer
Safe Data, Inc.
Wallace, NC USA
CGI Rexx on IIS: Configuration and Examples
A presentation detailing the configuration of IIS 4 to enable REXX as a Common Gateway Interface will be followed by examples of HTTP POSTs and GETs, their structure and formatting in the CGI framework, and how to process them in a REXX CGI script.
  4:15
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  5:15
Empire AB Mick Trujillo
mickt@maxsoftware.com

MAX Software, Inc.
Denver, CO USA
How To Make Classic REXX cook on z/OS (the mainframe)
Mick will share some of his favorite recipes on how to make REXX cook on the mainframe.   On a high volume shared user computing environment, such as z/OS, performance is still very important.   Mick will share how to improve REXX performance on the mainframe by detailing the comparison of REXX instructions, showing some preferred coding techniques, and demonstrating some new technology that makes interpretive REXX really cook .  
  5:15
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  6:30
Free Time / Birds-of-a-Feather / Check-Your-Email
  6:30
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  9:00
Mama Dip's Kitchen Board Meeting and Dinner
Officers and Board Members are expected, but everyone is invited!   Dip's is a Chapel Hill landmark known world-wide for its authentic Southern cooking.   Come join us for the obligatory (but mercifully brief) Board Meeting, followed by lots of good eatin'.