Friday, April 02, 2010

What is LANSA

What is LANSA

LANSA's integrated software suite, from LANSA

LANSA’s software suite contains four flagship products, and a set of ancillary products, that can be deployed individually to solve specific requirements or woven into an entire infrastructure. Think of each product as a building block that is not only optimized for a specific task but that is also a big step forward in deploying a new platform.

The only IDE you will ever need for Windows or System i

Visual LANSA is the name of our Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for building, modernizing and integrating business applications. Visual LANSA has followed a twenty-year product evolution path that has proven its superiority over other application development tools and methodologies. Today Visual LANSA is used by thousands of developers, spread across different industries and countries around the world, who are all in pursuit of the same objective: maximum productivity and simplicity throughout the entire software development life cycle.

The fastest and most certain way to modernize your System i applications

RAMP is a complete process for rapidly modernizing legacy software systems. Before the advent of RAMP, users of System i, iSeries or AS/400 servers facing application modernization challenges were forced to either throw it all away and start again or continue to build upon, and be limited by, their legacy 5250 business systems. Now RAMP offers the perfect balance between those two extremes. By providing an application development framework that combines functionality from green-screen applications with new visual components in a rich graphical user interface, RAMP addresses your immediate tactical needs and sets you on a path of evolution without limits.

Flexible integration of business processes, systems, applications and data

LANSA Integrator, is a versatile and extensible integration server that is used by programmers to exchange data in any format or via any protocol and can also be used to remotely call functions in other systems. LANSA Integrator enables integration of Application-to-Application (A2A) and Business-to-Business (B2B) transactions through XML and Java services. LANSA Integrator allows bi-directional XML – and other data formats – to be exchanged between you and your trading partners, regardless of platform. LANSA Integrator appeals to developers with LANSA, RPG, COBOL or Java skills and is regarded as the Swiss army knife of the integration world.

LANSA Composer is a Business Process Integration (BPI) tool that gives business analysts a top-down view of end-to-end business processes. LANSA Composer provides connectivity between different systems in the same way as LANSA Integrator, but differs by including a graphical mapping tool and a process orchestration engine. These additions make LANSA Composer a highly visual and code-free tool that any business analyst or expert user can operate. The purpose of a BPI tool like LANSA Composer is to automate manual processes and eliminate rekeying of data by reducing the amount of paper, email, fax and human interaction required to complete a given business process.

ERP extensions, middleware, reporting and eCommerce

Alongside these flagship offerings, LANSA has products in areas ancillary to the main LANSA platform like end-user reporting (LANSA Client) and middleware (LANSA Open for .NET). We have also created specific application products where we saw a market need for an out-of-the-box solution e.g. an open-source ERP package, an eCommerce store, an EDI gateway, an AS2 compliant secure communications server and a Product Information Management (PIM) solution for on-boarding to the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).

LANSA your one-stop shop

What is RPG Smart Pages

The theme running throughout our suite is that all products are built on, and share the underlying services, of the LANSA platform. We, along with our vibrant business partner community, have broadened our value proposition beyond tools and technology into application solutions so that LANSA can be your one-stop-shop

What is RPGsp (RPG Smart Pages)

What is RPGsp (RPG Smart Pages)

RPGsp is an award-winning rapid Web development environment that has been proven and trusted by thousands of System i users. Whether you need to extend your existing legacy programs or build new applications, RPGsp can deliver phenomenal results in a short amount of time.

With RPGsp, you will save time by using existing RPG resources and not having to rewrite code or retrain your staff. You will increase your productivity with the help of cutting edge tools like intuitive point-and-click wizards, HTML design, visual debugging, advanced RPG editing, code analysis, and hybrid compiling. You will instantly construct advanced applications like dynamic graphs, inquiries, drill-downs, BI dashboards, and file maintenances. RPGsp supports the latest in SOA, Web Services, AJAX, Web 2.0, and eCommerce to help you build the most interactive and flexible applications.

Native System i Web Development
Web applications are business applications. Why not then use RPG, the platform's undisputed best business language, to build modern IBM i Web applications? RPGsp (RPG Smart Pages) enhances the native RPG language to have powerful Web capabilities. This makes it a true Web development language, with all of the features a modern Web language should have, including AJAX, SOA, Dynamic HTML, Forms, Cookies, and much more. System i developers feel right at home in this environment. Finally, you can get to the Web without middleware, third party application servers, or Websphere.
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Short Learning Curve
Build on what you already know. If you are already familiar with standard RPG, you can start building Web applications right away. Even non-programmers can create applications in minutes by using any of the powerful wizards that are available. You will have access to comprehensive documentation, numerous examples, and detailed HTML/RPG references to help as you begin coding your applications.
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Rapid Development
With RPGsp, application development is now faster than ever before. You can build all kinds of applications within minutes. Choose from an abundance of rapid application development tools to speed development tasks. Instantly build advanced dynamic fields like data-driven dropdowns and list boxes. Reuse any of your existing code, including RPG, CL , DDS, and HTML. Control all HTML attributes in a point and click manner, and let our comprehensive designer write most of the HTML for you. Plus, you can quickly build applications such as advanced database inquiries, file maintenances, drill-downs, header/detail screens, pop-up selection windows, data entry forms, and much more without manual coding.
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Numerous Wizards, Templates, and Snippets
New to Web development? Our IDE is packed with wizards and templates to get you going. Just pick a template and RPGsp will walk you through creating the application. You can quickly create working programs without writing any code. You will end up with clean ILE RPG code (free or fixed format) working together with dynamic HTML output. As you maintain your application, you will have access to various code snippets for RPG, CSS, and JavaScript. Also included is a ready-made AJAX library which allows you to easily integrate Web 2.0 features, exchange XML, or use Web services.
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Built-in Charting
Creating interactive charts, dashboards, and KPI's with RPGsp is as simple as point and click. Just follow our comprehensive step-by-step wizards to build any type of single-series, multi-series, or combination chart. Our wizards offer hundreds of options to help you build comprehensive applications for visualizing your business data. Pick from 2D or 3D Column Charts, Bar Charts, Line Charts, Area Charts, Pie Charts, Doughnut Charts, and more. Each type of chart is completely customizable with data being built either by record level RPG code or SQL. You can easily make the charts interact with each other or with other Web components. Users may click on the chart to drill-down and/or activate another chart.
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Intelligent Code Editing and Design Tools
RPGsp comes with an award winning code editor. It is full of helpful features such as HTML reformatting, fixed to free format conversion, intelligent prompting, code outlines, syntax highlighting, and context-sensitive help. It supports both Web and back-end languages, including JavaScript, CSS, HTML, RPG, CL, and DDS. In addition, you can visually inspect your application with our built-in HTML designer. The designer can automatically render dynamic RPG and resources residing on the System i. It may also be launched in Split-View, which allows developers to work with Code and Design at the same time in one view.
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Integrated Visual Debugger
RPGsp offers 3 different ways to debug RPG-based web applications, including a completely integrated Visual Debugger. The Visual Debugger provides unique features such as variable evaluation on hover, job-transparent debugging, and even the ability to step back in time to examine execution history. You will be able to set breakpoints and visually step through running Web applications while reviewing both RPG and HTML code in one view.
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Cross-platform Capabilities
RPGsp pages can read or update Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access, and other databases. Created programs will be able to communicate with other Web applications running on any platform. Your applications will also have complete support for SOA, XML, AJAX, and Web services.
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Unmatched Performance
RPGsp produces lightening fast CGI code. Our unique "look-ahead" compile technology allows for performance up to four times faster than other native technologies, such as CGIDEV2. Your applications will run entirely in batch processing.
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Rock Solid Security
RPGsp applications reside entirely on the System i and take full advantage of the system's object-based architecture to protect against viruses, malicious scripts, hackers, and other threats. You also receive another layer of security by having your Web applications separated from the rest of the system. Complete support for SSL is provided.
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Automated Server Configuration
Install the development environment and configure the Web server in less than five minutes using RPGsp's intelligent server analysis and configuration utilities. Effortlessly configure logging and user authentication with easy to use wizards.
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Automatic Conversions
Move your existing applications to the Web rapidly. No more screen-scrapping or web-facing. With our conversion process, your applications will be transformed into true Web applications very quickly. All of your converted screens will be completely customizable with no ties to the original Display Files and no limitations of green-screens.
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Integrated Source Control & Change Management
RPGsp includes change management exit points and an integrated multi-user source control system to prevent developers from stepping on each others' toes as they work on Web applications, green-screen programs, and modernization projects. Source code is checked in and out within the RPGsp IDE using a simple point-and-click interface.
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A Smart Investment
You will never have to worry about hidden costs, lengthy training, and lack of support. Join the thousands of satisfied clients around the world who already rely on our state-of-the-art tools and industry-leading technical support. Leverage your existing assets, deploy your projects quickly, and be productive from day one with RPGsp.
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Backed by an Industry Leader
Profound Logic Software is a proven provider of the best tools, services, and support for System i Web development projects. We have been developing modern System i Web applications and tools for years. After countless successful implementations of our technology and multiple awards for innovation, we have again and again proven that we have what it takes to effectively modernize and add value to AS400, iSeries, and i applications. Profound Logic's impressive list of System i customers further demonstrates our capacity to deliver outstanding results with our products and services. Once you engage with Profound Logic, you will immediately notice our superb level of support and our commitment to providing the best modernization solutions for the System i.

What is IBM i Access for Web

What is IBM i Access for Web

IBM i Access for Web offers browser-based access to IBM i. IBM i Access for Web enables end users to leverage business information, applications, and resources across an enterprise by extending the IBM i resources to the client desktop through a web browser.

See the Customer Comments on IBM i Access products!

IBM i Access for Web...
is system based; there is no code running on the desktop.
is implemented using Java Servlet technology.
uses industry standard protocols - HTTP, HTTPS and HTML.
is lightweight, requiring only a browser on the client.
runs batch commands, provides access to database, integrated file system, printers, printer output, and messages, and a 5250 interface.

V5R4 iSeries Access for Web is supported on systems with V5R4 and V5R3 i5/OS TM. V5R3 iSeries Access Family (5722-XW1) customers can acquire V5R4 iSeries Access for Web and stay at V5R3 i5/OS. Refer to Ordering/Upgrading.
V5R4 and V5R3 iSeries Access for Web servlets are supported with these web application systems. Refer to the service pack PTFs page for PTF requirements:
Web application system integrated with i5/OS (V5R4 only)
WebSphere Application Server (WAS) - Express V6.1 for i5/OS, WAS V6.1 for i5/OS, and WAS V6.1 Network Deployment for i5/OS
WAS - Express V6.0 for OS/400 and WAS V6.0 for OS/400
WAS - Express for iSeries V5.1 and V5.0
WAS for iSeries V5.1 and V5.0 (Base and Network Deployment Editions)
Apache Software Foundation's Jakarta Tomcat (included with the IBM HTTP Server)

In addition to the above, the IBM i Access for Web portlet code can be used with any of the following portal systems:
IBM Workplace Services Express V2.6 and V2.5
WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V6.0
WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V5.1.0.1
WebSphere Portal Express for Multiplatforms V5.0.2
WebSphere Portal Express Plus for Multiplatforms V5.0

what is websmart

More details on IBM i Access for Web to follow...

What is WebSmart

What is WebSmart

WebSmart is the Proven & Award Winning System i & multi-platform rapid Web development tool, from BCD. WebSmart comes in two editions:

WebSmart ILE helps you produce native System i-centric CGI web applications that access DB2400, MS SQL and MySql databases. The apps run in the native Apache HTTP web server shipped with every System i.

WebSmart PHP helps you produce PHP applications that run on multiple platforms- System i, Windows, Linux or Unix and access databases such as DB2/400, MySQL and others.

Both editions of WebSmart let you extend or develop new web applications for any industry or application. You can create B2B, B2C and e-Commerce sites including on-line ordering, inquiries and maintenance programs, and implement browser-based or SOA (web services) applications. And WebSmart fully supports AJAX so you can build rich web content applications that behave like Windows apps.

If you are looking for a popular alternative to IBM’s WebSphere, then take a close look at WebSmart as it is significantly easier to learn and uses way fewer resources than WebSphere.

WebSmart Highlights

Rapid New Web Development
Modernize Legacy Apps
Multi-Platform: ILE CGI or PHP
Access non-iSeries based data bases like MySQL and MSSQL
Visual HTML Editing
Robust Enterprise Apps
Productive IDE for RPG and non-RPG Programmers
Web 2.0 features such as Web Services, SOX, AJAX, etc
Change Management
Free Trials with Unlimited Support
IBM distributes WebSmart globally with V5R4 and new System i sales
Integrated Visual Debugger
Charts and Graphs with Free SmartCharts
SQL Support
Professional Services
Free License: Nexus Portal & ECM. Secure framework for Apps, Docs, Dashboards…
Integrated real-time web Clover Query tool for end-users and developers.
Proven with 1,750+ customers, 1,500,000 users and 13 Industry Awards
Ideal for Small, Medium and Large organizations – Immediate Results