Btw, if someone’s interested in learning how to code, Codecademy is a great (and I mean not boring) way to learn some basics.

And listening to this song on repeat one, I finished this in two days! :D

It’s not much, but it’s a start! 😸

Results of the Australian words survey
Map created in CartoDB
By rbil

Last week I put up a link to a survey of Australia word choices. The thing went nuts, making it into the news a lot, and getting so many responses that the thing crashed temporarily on Friday. I helped the the Linguistics Roadshow team make the maps of the responses, and it’s been a good learning experience.

The link above is to the potato cake/scallop question - a vexed topic. You can see a rather clear dialect line between Victoria and New South Wales. This version of the same map below allows you to zoom around the map.

Another contentious topic we’ve discussed before is the water bubbler vs. drinking fountain.

There is a bit of variation here, but still a strong north/south divide.

Another clear distinction is the preferred pronunciation of ‘dance’ - with Adelaide speakers showing their unique sensibilities.

You can see all the maps on this Linguistics Roadshow page. Not all of the maps have such clear divisions based on location. This was a delibrate design to get the students talking about what non-geographic reasons there may be for some differences.

Working with CartoDB is great fun, and the best program I’ve come across for pretty and easy map making. These maps populate directly from a Google Form spreadsheet, meaning they’ll continue to grow as more people do the survey. It was was the reason that we had some dramas when we easily exceded the daily response limit (protip, if you have a uni account use that to set up your Google Form and CartoDB! Thanks to andrewxhill for his SQL for separating points at the same coordinate, and thanks to this Andrew for getting it to work with our data. A big thank you also to the CartoDB team who helped us get the maps back up and running.

The maps were written up in The Guardian, Fairfax outlets and Junkee.

You can see all the maps on the Linguistics Roadshow website.

A more detailed survey is being done by Sydney Kingstone at ANU. You can take part in that one at ozenglishstudy.wordpress.com.
RPGLE - Implicit Embedded SQL

In my most of my posts, you might notice that when I used embedded SQL I always explicitly specify a Dim on the arrays that I use for the SQL. In this post, I don’t.

Here I am showing off that you can use embedded SQL with no limits - an unlimited amount of data.. just like using your old Chain & Read

       Dcl-Proc Process_LCLEARSM;
         Dcl-S  lCounter Int(5);
         Dcl-Ds LCLEARSM Qualified;
           SMCLEARID Char(10);
           SMSTKMOV  Packed(11);
         gQuery = 'SELECT '
                +   'SMCLEARID, SMSTKMOV '
                + 'FROM LCLEARSM';
         EXEC SQL
           PREPARE SMQuery FROM :gQuery;
         EXEC SQL
           DECLARE SMCursor CURSOR FOR SMQuery;
         EXEC SQL OPEN SMCursor;

         //DOW Class Code 00: Unqualified Successful Completion
         Dow SQLSTT = '00000';

           EXEC SQL
             FETCH SMCursor INTO :LCLEARSM;



You can read about the SQLSTT variable and it’s uses here.

This will loop through each record, and won’t jump through if there are no records. Very useful if you have lots of data.

One and Done.

Mr applied for one job (long story) and after three interviews he received a job offer.

After four years of living off of my income, the end is in sight!

Mr reads my blog, so send him some love.

Congrats Mr, Junior SQL Developer!

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