Unfortunately, John D. Johnson's 'RoadMap to SmartObjects' is out of print. However, there are plenty more great books introducing both developers and users to Progress Software® products.



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English The 'Best Practices' Manual for Progress Fathom®

Fathom is a system monitoring tool from Progress Software. Adam Backman authored the best practices manual for Fathom. The manual focuses on how to look at your system from a monitoring point of view, and then shows how to apply Fathom to both monitoring and trending of a system. It is a thorough case study on both the key components of a system to monitor, and how to monitor them, but also how to monitor and trend the usage of the Progress database, as well as how the database is performing on the current hardware installation.

English Coding Smart - the New ADM2 Book

Step beyond the class room and into the real world. 'Coding Smart' is the only ADM2 'how to' book available. It contains over 260 pages of explanations and examples, covering such topics as:
· Understanding {get} and {set}
· Explaining the RowObject temp-table
· Setting Initial Values Via The SDO
· Making Sure A Field Gets Validated
· Conditionally Permitting Updates Of Select Fields
· Programmatically Pressing A SmartToolBar Button
· Controlling What Happens When Changing Pages
· And many, many more sections...

English Code Smarter

Great insights on reusability from include files to smart objects; from the preprocessor to persistent procedures. It covers dynamic functions, building code objects, debugging, and much more. It includes plenty of information on the best ways to make your code smarter so you don't have to work harder. NOTE: This book includes the 4GL enhancements to V9 (super procedures, publish-subscribe, dynamic queries, buffers and browsers).

English Database Administration Guide

Written by Dan Foreman, Current Edition: October 2004
A comprehensive guide to administering a Progress database. Progress V6-V10 covered. Much of the information found in this publication cannot be found in the Progress documentation. Topics covered:
Multi-volume databases, monitoring/controlling database growth, dump and reload, index rebuilding, backups, startup options, after imaging, error messages, troubleshooting, database repair, database security, client/server, progress internals, database repair utility, record locking, broker startup and shutdown, Progress utilities, 24 x 7 operation...

English Disaster Prevention

A great text by Adam Backman on what you need to know to guarantee your system's integrity. There is a section on RAID and which RAID levels work well with Progress. It also covers different ways to implement replication, how to execute on-line backups, different types of recovery procedures and much more. There's a lot more to backing up your system than just putting a tape in the drive!

English High Performance Reports

This great guide will lead you through the steps of analyzing user requests and designing reports that will be efficient and maintainable; how to analyze and rework slow reports to speed them up. Principles of multi-index requests, tools for code analysis. It covers inner and outer joins, Progress' indexing rules, multiple indexes, cursors, brackets and much more. There is even a chapter for non-technical users who may write simple queries or use a reporting tool.

English Making Good Progress

Making Good Progress is an encyclopedic reference for the Progress development environment. It covers the entire gamut of topics about Progress, from DB design to Smart Objects, and plenty in between. It is as germane for those who are new to Progress as for those who have been using it for several years. It covers transactions, events, GUI programming, character programming, functions, internal procedures, event-driven programming and virtually every topic you could be interested in.

English Performance Tuning Guide

Written by Dan Foreman, Current Edition: November 2004
The Progress Performance Tuning Guide is a publication that covers all aspects of Progress performance for both database administrators and programmers, Progress® versions 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Topics covered:
Database design and indexing, efficient coding techniques, R-code size reduction, real life benchmarks, dump/reload techniques, Progress internals, 4GL performance, client/server, performance monitoring, system administration and disk utilization, quick tune-up, NT and Win2K performance tuning, startup options...

English Progressions

Progressions is a journal for the Progress developer, by Progress developers. The articles are written by people from all over the world, and provide in-depth insights into all kinds of problems and solutions. Progressions delivers detailed technical content, including code, as well as information on what's going on behind the scenes in Bedford. It contains articles useful to both the GUI and character user who is looking for better ways to work with Progress. It features articles by some of the best-known names in the Progress community.

English Safe Haven / Archiving in MFG/PRO

Written by Scott Dulecki
This new publication takes the terror out of archiving and deleting by presenting a broad overview of the issues related to archiving and deleting as well as taking you, step by step, through this essential database administration process. Topics covered:
What archiving and deleting is, reasons for archiving and deleting, when to archive and delete, what should be archived first, how archiving should be done, historical databases, reloading data, special cases...

English V9 DBA Jumpstart Guide

Written by Dan Foreman, Current Edition: November 2004
V9 represents some of the biggest changes to the Progress database in the history of Progress. With new features and improved flexibility comes an increased level of complexity. This publication is designed for experienced V6, V7 and V8 Progress database administrators who want to fully understand the impact of migrating to V9. Topics covered:
What's new in the V9 Database,sStrategies for Migrating to V9, what to watch out for in V9, storage areas, performance enhancements, changes to VST's and the metaschema, new and improved utilities, new V9 limits...

English Virtual System Tables Guide

Written by Dan Foreman, Current Edition: November 2004
Virtual System Tables (VST's) were added in V8.2. VST's provide access to data that was previously only accessible through the promon utility. The Progress documentation gives a basic description of each Virtual System Table (VST) but is generally inadequate for anyone attempting to do so serious work with VST's. Topics covered:
VST implementation, performance overhead of VST's, VST bugs, VST comparison: V8, V9 and V10, writing programs that use VST's, undocumented VST fields, VST indexes, VST record counts, VST's that can be updated, stale VST data...

English WebSpeed Complete

Geoff Crawford's new WebSpeed book WebSpeed Complete is over 230 pages in an 8 1/2 x 11 format of everything you always wanted to know about Progress WebSpeed®. Sections on Administration, Beginning Programming, Advanced Programming, and Application Tips and Tricks cover a range of topics for both beginners and advanced WebSpeed users.

English What Do I Do Now?

An introduction to the principles of event-driven programming and the many features of the post-procedural world. The title of this booklet (which is really "what do i do now that i have v7" might lead you to think that it is not relevant for V8-9-10, but it is a terrific introduction for anyone who has been working in the classic, procedural world of Progress. It will get you up to speed with events, the preprocessor, schema and UI triggers and internal procedures as well as their scoping; the query command and new issues in transactions and error handling.

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