In the vibrant landscape of the InterSystems Developer Community, there are individuals whose presence resonates deeply, leaving an indelible mark on the community's ethos and evolution. One such stalwart is @Robert Cemper, a seasoned member whose journey with InterSystems company and the Developer Community spans a remarkable timeline, rich with experiences, milestones, and invaluable contributions.

🤩 Let's take a closer look at Robert's journey with InterSystems technology and our Developer Community...

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Hi - Recently I have been investigating an annoying situation whilst editing ObjectScript classes or routines in VSCode.

What was happening to me was, as I was typing in lines of code into my class (for example, adding a new Method, or changing the Class signature, or a block of code), this would quickly get syntax checked, re-formatted, and compiled - inevitably, (since I would be mid-way through my typing), this would generate compilation errors.

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Hi Community!

It's time to celebrate our 19 fellow members who took part in the latest Technical Article Contest: InterSystems IRIS Tutorials and wrote

🌟 21 AMAZING ARTICLES 🌟

Our judges mentioned that it was a very tough challenge to choose only three articles each because more deserved points. Despite it all, they persevered and now it's time to announce the winners!

Let's meet the winners and look at their articles:

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It's time to announce the Winners for March! Please welcome our awesome Global Masters Heroes!

The storm of applause goes to these developers and their great contribution to DC in March:

🥇 @Iryna Mykhailova, Associate professor at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute
🥈 @Danusa Calixto, Sales Engineer at InterSystems
🥉 @Sylvain Guilbaud, Sales Engineer at InterSystems

Learn more about the competition and our awesome winners below.

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In recent versions of IRIS, a powerful new data loading command has been introduced to SQL: LOAD DATA. This feature has been highly optimized to import data into IRIS extremely fast, allowing hundreds of gigabytes of data to be inserted in seconds instead of hours or days.

This is a very exciting improvement. However, a big problem in the data loading experience still exists. Namely, the time and hassle it takes to:

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It's time to announce the Winners for February! Please welcome our awesome Global Masters Heroes!

The storm of applause goes to these developers and their great contribution to DC in February:

🥇 @Kurro Lopez, Project manager, Salutic Soluciones, S.L, Spain
🥈 @Robert Cemper, ex Senior Sales Engineer from InterSystems, Austria
🥉 @Sylvain Guilbaud, Sales Engineer, InterSystems, France

Learn more about the competition and our awesome winners below.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is getting a lot of attention lately because it can change many areas of our lives. Better computer power and more data have helped AI do amazing things, like improving medical tests and making self-driving cars. AI can also help businesses make better decisions and work more efficiently, which is why it's becoming more popular and widely used. How can one integrate the OpenAI API calls into an existing IRIS Interoperability application?

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The 2024.1 release of InterSystems IRIS® for HealthTM, and HealthShare® Health Connect is now Generally Available (GA).

❗This announcement does not apply for InterSystems IRIS®

Release Highlights

In this release, you can expect a host of exciting updates, including:

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You may have heard about our mg-dbx-napi interface for IRIS which provides insanely fast access from Node.js. If you've been following recent developments in the server-side JavaScript world, you'll be excited to know that mg-dbx-napi also works with Bun.js, the latter proving to be significantly faster than Node.js for many/most purposes.

Of course, if you're a Node.js user, you'll probably wonder how mg-dbx-napi compares with the Native API for Node.js that is included with IRIS.

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Article
· Mar 15 5m read
How to start Using VsCode

Introduction

In the next few weeks, my coworkers are planning to start using VSCode to code with InterSystems' products. Among the many advantages of that, I would emphasize being able to connect with other technologies, such as GitHub, with ease. Besides, VSCode also offers an extensive extensions store, where you can find many free add-ons that make coding faster and more efficient. Last but not least, to conquer the heart of every developer, it is open source.

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InterSystems IRIS provides a complete application development environment for building sophisticated data- and analytics-intensive applications that connect data and application silos. It is designed to work with all of the common development technologies in an open, standards-based fashion and supports both server-side and client-side programming.

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· Apr 9 1m read
ODBC / JDBC data truncation

Hi, I hope this post helps.

The bottom line: MAXLEN is relevant mostly for odbc/jdbc connections and you need to specify an appropriate value within your tables (classes), otherwise the data might be truncated when you query it, or even fail when you try to insert data.

Long story:

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Introduction

In the modern digital age, securing applications, particularly those handling sensitive health data, is paramount. The confidentiality, integrity, and availability of such data are crucial, necessitating robust security measures. Two-factor authentication (2FA) stands out as a critical enhancement in safeguarding access, adding an extra layer of security beyond just passwords. Recognizing the significance of this feature, InterSystems provides built-in support for 2FA in its database solutions. This tutorial aims to guide you through the process of configuring two-factor authentication in your InterSystems environment, ensuring that your data remains secure and accessible only to authorized users.

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As you have seen in the latest community publications, InterSystems IRIS has included since version 2024.1 the possibility of including vector data types in its database and based on this type of data vector searches have been implemented. Well, these new features reminded me of the article I published a while ago that was based on facial recognition using Embedded Python.

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When using InterSystems IRIS as an interoperability engine, we all know and love how easy it is to use the Message Viewer to review message traces and see exactly what's going on in your production. When a system is handling millions of messages per day, you may not know exactly where to begin your investigation though.

Over my years supporting IRIS productions, I often find myself investigating things like...

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Hi Developers,

Join us at the upcoming Developer Roundtable on March 26th at 11 am ET | 4 pm CET. 📍
We will have 2 topics covered by the invited experts and open discussion as always!

Talks:

Demo on Documenting and Testing REST Call's by generating documentation and making scenario's for integration tests - presented by @Danny Wijnschenk , Application Developer, Winfo.

Danny is an independent developer based in Belgium, specialized in InterSystems Caché and IRIS. He has customers in both the healthcare and non-healthcare sectors.

Cypress for web application testing - presented by @Pravin Barton , Senior Applications Developer, InterSystems

Update: watch the recording of the roundtable below.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/2NeWf-Y8Cuk
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Once again I would like to know, if there are any plans to make Java libraries available through normal channels like public mvnrepository, like the whole world it's doing, where anyone can find any JDBC driver to any database in the world but InterSystems.

Currently there is only some useless garbage. There are just very empty files. What was the point of posting it there?

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Recently, the question came up while discussing the access to the data stored in IRIS from different languages with my students if it was possible to initiate the connection and get data from Cloud solution (InterSystems IRIS CloudSQL) from Microsoft Excel, not the other way around. Considering the many varied ways one can get data in Excel (import data from external sources, connecting to databases using ODBC drivers, using power queries and web queries etc.) the obvious choice was to try ODBC driver. The only task left was to try to connect to the database in the cloud using the ODBC driver.

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Article
· Mar 24 8m read
Python BPL in preview

BPL from 10,000 feet

BPL stands for Business Process Language.
This is an XML format for describing complex information orchestration interactions between systems.
InterSystems Integration engine has for two decades, provided a visual designer to build, configure, and maintain, BPL using a graphical interface.
Think of it like drawing a process flow diagram that can be compiled and deployed.

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