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New Case Study: Kansas Turnpike Authority

Posted by Amanda Blackburn on Apr 4, 2016 5:25:29 PM

"By moving our interfaces to Profound UI, we’re protecting our technology investment while supporting our company’s future success, and proving to upper management that the IBM i is just as modern as any other business platform." 
Blake Butterworth, Application Development Manager 
Kansas Turnpike Authority

When faced with modernizing a decades-old IBM i (AS/400) application that has been maintained by several different RPG developers, it's easy to see how an IBM i development team might feel overwhelmed about where to begin. Not only could such a large-scale application modernization project be expensive, but it could potentially take a very long time and be very disruptive to the business.

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Topics: RPG Development, Case Study, Development, Application modernization

Mobile App Development Made Easy with Profound Mobile

Posted by DRusso on Jul 28, 2015 2:44:28 AM

The Visual Designer in our Profound UI suite is the easiest way to quickly create browser-based interfaces for your IBM i desktop applications. But did you know that the same technology is available for mobile development?

Profound Mobile offers all of the features that make Profound UI great - including the Visual Designer and RPG Open Access Handler - but streamlined for mobile application development.

In this blog post, I'll walk you through a sample application that I created using Profound Mobile. Aside from a few design considerations for a mobile layout (vs. a desktop application), the development is very similar to what you would create with Profound UI. I've included the Rich Display File DDS, RPG, and CL source for this application at the bottom of this article. The application is driven by a standard RPG program, using the Open Access Handler.

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Topics: Mobile Development, RPG Development, Development

Making IBM i Modernization Easier with Mass Conversions – Part 2

Posted by Jordan Antonoff on Apr 24, 2014 7:11:11 AM

In part 1 of this series we talked about what a Mass Conversion is. Now it's time to get to the really interesting stuff - how a Mass Conversion works and how to get started!

So, how does a Mass Conversion work? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. The project begins with an assessment of your system including: RPG programs, CL programs, DDS source, display files and record formats. We then work closely with your development team to build a unifying conversion theme for the look and feel of your new UI. Once the theme has been defined, we work to convert your entire system from DDS to a “Rich Display File”. The new screen definition data, which is JSON, JavaScript Object Notation, is stored in a traditional DDS member using the HTML keyword supplied by the operating system. The JSON metadata outputs HTML5 to the browser. The next step is to work closely with your team to test the conversion. From there, it’s on to the really exciting part – the capability to make custom enhancements to your screens that were never before possible in green screens. Here is a list of the possibilities:

  • Merging of multiple screens into a single screen
  • Adding collapsible panels or tab panels
  • Significant screen layout change and de-abbreviation
  • Adding new input controls
  • Autocomplete text boxes
  • Dropdowns
  • Check boxes and radio buttons
  • Adding drag and drop capability
  • Adding static and/or dynamic images
  • Adding charts and graphs
  • Adding subfile column sorting

To summarize, after only a period of months, all your DDS will be converted to HTML 5. Along with this, your green screen menu system will be converted to a web based system. Here is a summary of the results:

  • Complete browser based application
  • All green screens retired
  • Display attributes converted into CSS classes that can be adjusted through external style sheets
  • Conversion of all subfiles into HTML5 grid widgets
  • Conversion of function key indicators into clickable buttons or links
    • Conversion of RPGIII to RPGLE (mass conversion requires RPGLE)
    • Optionally converting all backend code to the newer Free Format Syntax

You are most likely starting to see the benefits of a Mass Conversion, but here they are, clearly laid out for your reading pleasure:

  • Your entire IBM i system will be modernized in a fraction of the time it would normally take. A matter of only months, in comparison to 5, 6, 7 plus years saving you millions of dollars, high risk and years of frustration.
  • Remove all ties to green screen and replace with UI with HTML5 – for more benefits link to article about benefits of Profound UI
  • The risk of having to re-write custom code is completely eliminated
  • All of your backend logic that has been successfully running your business for years will be maintained. At the same time, it will be modernized to a format that will make it much easier to attract new programming talent from a variety of different backgrounds besides just RPG
  • Your green screen menu system will be replaced with a web based one, bringing forth the following benefits:
    • Providing capability to bring multiple pieces together under single-sign-on
    • Giving users the ability to search through a menu, which is very helpful for multi-level menus with large sets of options
    • Giving users customized menus based on programs and options they are authorized to
    • Providing an alternative to a traditional green screen menu where users have to drill down through multiple menus just to get where they need to and then, have to back out to the main menu, just to drill back down to get to another program
    • Allowing users to run multiple programs at once and easily switch between tabs to access them

So, if you’re evaluating ways to modernize your IBM i, or contemplating a move off the platform, reach out to us to explore a Mass Conversion. We are more than happy to do a no cost assessment that will provide you with all the details necessary to make an educated decision on what is best for your business. We’ve helped companies large and small, from a variety of industries, modernize their large scale business application systems in a fraction of the time it typically takes to modernize. The next modernized IBM i company on the block could be you!

 

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Topics: RPG Development, Development

Making IBM i Modernization Easier with Mass Conversions - Part 1

Posted by Jordan Antonoff on Apr 4, 2014 9:11:05 AM

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be discussing a solution that some folks don't know about - but should! And that solution is called Mass Conversion.

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Topics: RPG Development, Development

Profound Logic Receives Patent for Innovative Browser-based Development Tools

Posted by Profound Logic on Mar 25, 2014 5:30:00 AM

 

Profound UI's Visual Designer for IBM i Modernization Uses the Patented Technology
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Topics: RPG Development, Development, Press Release, Product Announcement

Movable Columns With Movable Totals

Posted by Scott Klement on Feb 17, 2014 7:03:44 AM

Not too long ago, I was discussing the “movable columns” feature of Profound UI’s Subfile Grid widget with a customer. They liked this feature, but wondered how they could show totals under their subfile and have them move along with the column automatically.

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Topics: Development, Tips and Tricks, New Features

Browser Detection in JavaScript

Posted by DRusso on Dec 30, 2013 12:37:30 AM

In web development, a sometimes useful (but often misused) capability is to detect which browser the user is accessing the site or application with. This is commonly done in client-side (JavaScript) coding to get around browser quirks or bugs, or to present a different experience to users of one browser or another.

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Topics: Development

Create Horizontal Scrolling Grids Using Simple Layouts

Posted by Alex Roytman on Nov 22, 2013 2:29:36 AM

Layouts and Grids are some of the most flexible widgets in Profound UI. In this blog post, I will show you how the two widgets can work together to present many columns of information to the user, and to allow the user to scroll through these columns horizontally.

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Topics: RPG Development, Development, New Features

The IBM i 7.1 Technology Refresh 7: What It Means To You

Posted by Profound Logic on Oct 9, 2013 4:45:00 AM

As you may have seen, IBM has announced a major technology refresh for IBM i 7.1 (TR7 for short). TR7 brings several updates to the table, including enhancements to the DB2 database and Application Runtime Expert product, and the arrival of Ruby on Rails.

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Topics: RPG Development, Development

The Power of Persistence

Posted by DRusso on Sep 13, 2013 8:35:08 AM

If you have ever created a subfile program with Profound UI, you're probably already aware of the many cool features provided by the grid widget.

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Topics: RPG Development, Development, New Features

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