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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.2

VA M Programming Standard
VA M Programming Standard Standard or Specification

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Description: The Office of Information and Technology Enterprise Program Management Office M Programming Standards and Convention set forth definitions, standards, and conventions applying to all programming and user`s environment provided for or in use in the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). This standard includes all the applications that use commercial software products as an integral part of VistA (but not to the commercial application itself unless the commercial application is installed in the VistA environment). Also, to all development environments including, but not limited to programming languages such as M or Pascal and graphical user interface (GUI) environments such as Delphi.

The VA M Programming Standard dated November 2017 has been superceded by the VA Cache Programming Standard dated March 1, 2017 upon direction of the Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer on April 17, 2017. This entry for the VA M Programming Standard is no longer in effect. Please instead refer to the VA Cache Programming Standard.

The M programming standard is in use by VistA developers/maintainers.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision: Approved. This entry has been approved for general use.
Decision Constraints:

Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.2
Decision Date: 02/18/2022 at 01:40:57 UTC
Aliases: SACC; SAC
Introduced By: TRM Request
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (02/18/2022 at 01:40:57 UTC).