Bill Hunter gave a very good presentation about the basics of ILE RPG on the IBM i. We appreciated his insight and the additional comments from the rest of the group. See this video for a review and leave your comments and suggestions to inspire the rest of us.
On May 9th we will hear from Jorge Merino who will talk about a web tool called Renaissance Framework on the IBM i.
This is a framework for Rapid Application Development on the IBM i, it can be compared with CakePHP, Simphony and other PHP frameworks for RAD.
Some of the features that Renaissance Framework offers Out Of the Box are:
Library List System
Grids, powered with Ajax.
jQuery widgets wrapped with ILE RPG, like drag and drop, Tabs, Accordion, Predictive Text.
It is 100% Ajax Enabled.
JDBC to talk with other DBs such MySQL, SQL Server.
The Framework is free of charge, 100% of the features are free, totally open source including source code owned by Coral Tree Limited company located at the UK. They only ask to give them feedback about bug fixes or enhancements that you would have done to the framework.
They have a forum free of charge and offer support for training and programming.
This is not a wrapper to web enable Green Screen applications, rather, is to create new programs from scratch but sharing some existing logic from legacy systems going 100% on the web.
This month we were priviledged to have Dr. Paul Coleman from CHG Healthcare talk about his full scale Salesforce.com migration and integration with their IBM midrange server (v6r1). They are tying RPG directly to Java classes so the RPG programmers can work directly with the Salesforce webservice APIs (SOAP & REST) without having to use a third-party web services solution, or API calls, or the ILE C compiler (Axis runtime in the XML Toolkit for i). They prototype the Java classes/procedures in /copy members and they call the java routines in free-format RPGILE just as they would any other sub-procedure. They are not using PCML/X.