Scraping AS/400 screens

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I'm looking for an innovative (read: free) way to scrape an AS/400 screen using PHP? Over time, we've had a number of programmers writing AS/400 applications and now I've been tasked with finding a way to make the screens they've developed available outside of AS/400. My first thought is to use PHP, since I'm not particularly fluent in C# or other languages that would probably make more sense.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Note, I am aware of Zend, but it is not free to use.

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  • TomLiotta

    First, Zend is free to use. Many sites have used it for years. However, as with many products based on open-source projects, there are fees for contracted support and services. If you're comfortable with community support forums, and you don't need additional products such as Zend's PHP IDE, etc., then you can get by for essentially no purchase cost. Just use the Zend Server Community Edition (CE).

    The CE license should give full access to all Zend Server features for 30 days. It is perpetual after that, but drops to general PHP run-time support and basic features after that.

    Now, as for screen-scraping, it's certainly possible. However, it will require some definite programming. I suggest trying Albert York's TNAPI before anything else. More detailed access is possible by other methods, but that should be sufficient. A Google search for [ tnapi download ] should get you plenty of info.

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