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-- Anon (, February 11, 1999


Hey, Anon, was over there earlier. One other point about "windowing", it doesn't work well when data in new century is sorted by date. Is this important? Maybe a little, bank statement, interest etc. Or, as the reactor would say, WHAT was that last TEMP date????? <:)=

-- Sysman (, February 11, 1999.

First, I think the global debt-bubble is going to pop due to Y2K. Having said that...

Windowing does work fine for some applications. For example, on Oracle systems with the DD-MON-RR date type (RR is for windowing), the year is converted to 4-digit dates on input. Once input (or imported from another system), it IS a 4-digit year. No problems due to this method, if done correctly.

-- Anonymous99 (, February 12, 1999.

Windowing is a crock. That's how Microsoft claims "Y2K ready" (instead of Y2K compliant) in its Office Products, for example.

-- vbProg (, February 12, 1999.

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