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Intermediate Pervasive.SQL 2000 Programming (Btrieve)

Course Developer: Pervasive Software

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Length: 2 Days

Course Objectives: Intended for programmers with a solid understanding of Pervasive.SQL basics--acquired through experience or by attending our Introduction to Pervasive.SQL 2000 Programming -- this hands-on course thoroughly explores Pervasive.SQL's transactional application programming interface (API), otherwise known as the Btrieve API.

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises give attendees all the knowledge and experience they need to successfully create Pervasive.SQL-based applications. In addition to its presentation of intermediate and advanced Btrieve concepts and techniques, the course briefly reviews Internet and intranet development options.

An outline of the course includes:

Section 1 - Review of Architecture and Basics
The MicroKernel Database Engine
Access Modules
Client/Server vs. Workstation Processing
Features of Pervasive.SQL
New Features of Pervasive.SQL
Database File Format
Record Addressing Scheme
Transactions and Shadow Paging
International Sorting
Installation Overview
Smart Components

Section 2 - Programming Using the Transactional Interface
The Transactional API
The Transactional Function Call
The Transactional Data Buffer
Byte Alignment
Flow of Control
Compiler Interfaces
Tracing the Transactional API Operations
The Event Log

Section 3 - Basic Btrieve Data Access Techniques
Basic Transactional Operations
Opening and Closing Files
Creating Data Files
Single-Record Positioning and Record Navigation
Single-Record Updating
Other Examples

Section 4 - Direct Addressing and Searching
Direct Addressing
Traversal and Direct Addressing Example
Other Examples

Section 5 - Additional Tools and Techniques
Continuous Operations Mode
Advanced Indexing
GUI Programming and Btrieve Percentage Operations
Other Examples

Section 6 - Multi-User Programming
Multi-User Programming and Concurrency
Transaction Processing
Other Examples

Section 7 - Advanced Application Techniques
Processing BLOBs (Binary Large Objects) and Chunks
Multiple-Record Processing
Other Examples

Course Prerequisites: Students should be experienced in software development, with Windows development background a plus. Experience in one of three development environments used in the class (Visual BASIC 4/5, Visual C++ or Borland Delphi) is a plus, but not required for advanced individuals.
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