Front end development in AS/400

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Hi all! We are a local small firm. We have nearly 40 employees in our company. The actual application is running in AS/400 machine with RPG programs. But now the employees are going to work in different places in our city. So I want to develop a web interface for them to access anywhere. I have tried to test the connection to DB2 with the front end ASP.NET and VB.NET coding. It is working (only connection testing) and I heard that with PHP also can be connected same like this (front end can be HTML). Now I'm a bit confused whether to develop using ASP.net or PHP. Anyone have experience on these web developments please advise me? Or any other possible ways for the Graphical User Interface with AS/400. Thanks Surey

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  • philpl1jb
    There are a number of ways to project the green screens over the web.
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  • Sureyz
    Phil

    I'm know there are many ways to do that. I just want to know from somebody how got an experience on it or any other suggestion about the web development.


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  • hunshabbir7
    Hi Surey, I am an RPG developer comes from ASP.NET background. I have sound knowledge of asp.net. I don't know much about PHP but if I had a chance I go with asp.net. Its up to you in which you have experience and you feel comfort. You already have tested connection using asp.net so just go with it.  
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  • hunshabbir7
    another thing if you have used Websphere Development Studio IDE. It is very helpful in developing rich web applications for RPG also. If you go with java there are also alot of options available. But if you are familiar with asp.net just do it.

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  • ToddN2000
    We used a software program called LOGMEIN it was free for a long while now it a pay service. It basically would let you connect to your office desktop remotely. You could do anything as if you were sitting at your desk. Since it became a pay service only certain people could get access and we are now using a VPN to handle the task of remote access.
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  • Sureyz
    Thanks hunshabbir,




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  • ToddN2000
    Just read your post again. Not knowing what they see now, what do you intend your remote users to see as there screens? Green screens like those from a client access connection? i-series menu options, or does your i-series run a custom UI? I have written some web services and .NET apps that access the i-series DB2 data.

    You need to add the reference to IBM DB2 for i.NET Provider
    then use -  Imports IBM.Data.DB2.iSeries 

    I wrote a simple .NET app to connect to any of our 4 remote i-series to run SQL statement using code similar to this

    Dim mySQL As String 
    Dim strConnection As String = ""
    
    Dim mySQL As String = Request.Form("tbxSQL")
    
    strConnection = 'DataSource=10.10.10.10;userid=MYID;password=MYPWD;DefaultCollection=MYDATALIB;Pooling=False;Connect Timeout=30;"
    
    Dim myConnection As New iDB2Connection(strConnection)
    Dim myCommand As New iDB2Command(mySQL, myConnection)
    
    myCommand.CommandTimeout = 0
    myCommand.Connection.Open()
    
    Dim myReader As iDB2DataReader

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  • Sureyz
    have anybody got idea about Zend Server on IBM i or CGI development in RPG ?


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