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Extend your knowledge using our guides

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ECL Programmers GuideTry out some ECL language features. Download some example code and use your chosen development environment (for example our ECL IDE) to see how a sample of the most commonly used ECL language features work.  Learn about ECL programming concepts, working with super files, using Roxie and embedded languages and datastores.

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ECL Language ReferenceLearn all you need to know about the ECL language starting with the basics. ECL was designed specifically for the processing of large quantities of data fast and efficiently. Every query you write can be leveraged by other queries which means that the language extends itself as you use it. This guide also contains details about reserved words, special structures, built-in functions and actions, workflow services, template language and using external services.Guide
ECL Best PracticesTips, tricks and best practices for coding in ECL. Learn about syntax, including naming conventions, indentation and how to avoid syntax errors cause by 'lost parentheses'. Find out why SET definitions are more practical than multiple OR conditions and learn how to translate your ECL idea into ECL code. Our Developer Forum Tips and Tricks area is also a great place to find out about other ways our users have found to solve their challenges use ECL.


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Client Tools

Learn how to master the following command line features:

  • ECLPlus - Used to facilitate the automation of ECL code execution
  • ECL command syntax
  • ECL Compiler as a stand alone option
  • DFUPlus - Used to facilitate the automation of data file spray, despray, and other common file handling tasks
  • ESDL command syntax