ISeries web browser 4GL applications.

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We have much investment in RPG coded systems that are all 'home grown' green screen presentation. We now want to make use of browser technology to present screens in web browser clients (eg. IE) along with nice graphic presentation (Jpegs, gif etc). We're considering using a 4GL tool like LANSA or mrc-productivity as we don't have the resource to reprogram and want to protect our investment in RPG. Or should we look at using CGI or IBM Webfacing? Has anyone faced a similar experience? If so, I'd be interested in your views and recommendations on the 4GL tools (or other options)? Many thanks Peter

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We have the runtime version of LANSA that came with a package that the developer used to provide web capabilities. But it’s a canned application, so without the developer’s license it’s hard to know how good it is (it appears complicated, but it may not be). Last we checked, the license cost $9K (which seemed like a lot just to tweak some code), but i don’t know if that’s the final cost or if there’d be more things to buy.

Don’t have any actual experience yet, but we’re going to be looking at a product called Websmart by BCD. It looks pretty promising. Another product that looked good was RPGsp (i think) by Profound Logic.

I’ve dabbled a (very) little with CGI and it looks like you could do a lot with that also. You could download CGIDEV2 from www.easy400.net. It’s free, has tutorials and also looks like it would accomplish a lot.

When i first started programming i hated RPG. But with ILE and free format calcs, RPG has evolved into a very good language. I doubt there is much you couldn’t do with it.

Hope this helps!

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  • JPLamontre
    as said in previous post, CGIDEV2 is a wellknown free powerfull solution. But really, you don't need any other tool that the OS400 licence : have a look at "Web page call RPG &SQL " (http://jplamontre.free.fr/AS400/NetData.htm)
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