WebSmart tool for iSeries

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I've been evaluating a web-facing tool from BCD called WebSmart, and I wanted to know if anybody here had any experience with it. It's used to migrate green screen iSeries apps to a web format. The examples given in their doc have you embedding database fields into your web page, but we would be using work files to transmit data to and from the iSeries using a stored procedure. We would use stored procedures to load and write a multiple-format work file that would load the web page with defaults. The stored procedure is called again in validation/update mode to perform all edits on the iSeries using RPG, then return a work file with error messages, normally displayed at the top of the page all together, and possibly in the body of the page next to each section in error. If there are no errors, the same stored procedure formats data and updates the database files on the iSeries. If anybody is using WebSmart, I would appreciate seeing some examples like this, as well as any other advice you may have on the product. Thanks, GoSpeed

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We use WebSmart for managing our seasonal store locations and HR. I just inherited the application, the fellow that was our guru was just laid. I am an RPG programmer, but have been playing with it for the last 6 months or so. I yet to have any formal training. If you know SQL that will be a big help, but the biggest down fall is that the application is awful to try and debug problems.

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  • Isjld
    I have been working with WebSmart since September of last year. I have written many maintenance and inquiry programs over the data base file on the I-series. I have also used the HTML to print reports and to also send to MS Excel. You will need to understand SQL to be able to get some of the complicated dated out. Joining files and such. I have only learned on my own. I sat in on a couple of Webinars, which were top level, but they did help. The BCD Website has a section where you can report a problem. I have asked many questions and have received a quick response. The sample programs on their Website are also good. I really like the product. JLD
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  • jmar
    By way of Introduction, I am James Martin - I have been working with IBM systems since 1967. I have developed applications on AS400 now iSeries since 1989. I started with visual development tools since 1996. In 2001 I started developing application in PHP database PostgreSQL, MySQL, and OS Linux. I have been using WebSmart ILE for the last 6 years. I have complete converting a client from system/36 running on AS400 to http Apache running on iSeries and WebSmart applications and Nexus Portal. I am in the processing of converting another client from green screens to Apache on iSeries running WebSmart applicatications. Now learning EGL for development on iSeries and Windows. James James R. Martin J. Martin Associates 5185 Tara Ln., Bossier City, LA 71111 - 7810 Phone: (318) 752-4109 Cell Phone: ( 318) 773-9484 Personal e-mail: jmartin@jmartinassociates.net Web Site: www.jmartinassociates.net Let me know if I can help.
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