DDS Screen scraping

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Hi. I don't know if this is possible but I want to read an interactive DDS display while it's running and then input data from an external file into the display like a screen scraper does?is there any kind of overlay on a active DDS panel I can use in my program? any help anyone?

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Hi,

Maybe you could use a utility called Merlin which is used to start a remote client session and navigate to a particular menu/DDS screen, a controling background RPGILE program can be written to write to an intermediate temporary file.

A controling Merlin logic program uses this information to plug and or capture information from the screen, which can be processed via the temporary file by the RPGILE.

I hope this helps please contact me for more info.

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Ethan

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    A thought on a different angle. This would also depend what you are trying to do. Are you working client or server side for the program you're scraping with? If you're working client side, I think most of the big 5250 apps provide some level of script type functionality that can scrape the screen. If you're working server side, then it's programming changes to accoumplish what you want. Neither should be overly difficult. Since Scraping is normally a client side task, I'll assume you're working client side, and trying to overlay an existing program that handles complex business logic you don't want to rewrite. If that's the case, and you're on a windows platform, look at your available components (DLLs) and see if you have an option that allows you to embed your 5250 program inside an application (Rumba has an objectx control that can be added to an application, and can be programatically interacted with (including scrapes) hope either me or walter47 helped.
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