When providing a UI Modernization solution, ultimately it’s all about the resulting UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience).
These are areas that have endless opportunities for improvements, and for WebFacing this is no exception. In fact, it’s been lower on the priority list for too long.
ENPTUI support? Better Subfile UI? Content Assist (e.g. Calendar widget for date fields)?
What UI enhancements are highest on your list to directly improve end user usability, enhance their experience, or enable the development of richer WebFacing applications?
I’m open to rants as well. Feedback is valuable in any form.
I’ve always wanted IBM to take advantage of the “i” in iSeries. Apple had the right idea with iPod, iTunes, iMac, even though I do believe iSeries was there before the iPod came around. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Well IBM, after deliberating with the user community, has taken it to a new level… introducing IBM i. Simple enough?
BTW.. Love the new logo. Not only are we saying goodbye to the OS name i5/OS, once OS/400… now just IBM i.
And for hardware: System i, once iSeries, AS/400, and others before my time… now merged with System p to form IBM Power Systems.
But we’re also saying goodbye to the VRM version naming: so i5/OS V6R1 now simply IBM i 6.1. Believe it or not, I think this will be the toughest one for me to get over since its been around the longest.
Though I think “i” will be tough to Google. Simple is good. “IBM i” seems to Google well.
Lots of changes. I just hope these names will finally stick around. To me its always been the “i” in IBM.
PS: Blog name changes once again :)
Great feature article by George Farr in the April edition of SystemiNEWS that goes over the new host and client application development tools line up and their latest features
(update: changed links to point to public article)
On Wednesday, George Farr and the Toronto Lab hosted the Toronto User Group (TUG) for System i Meeting of Members (MoM) event.
TUG has always had close ties with the Lab, and we were happy to welcome them once again. Visiting from Raleigh N.C., Wendy Toh, Software Development director of Enterprise Development Tools & Compilers, and Danny Mace, Program Director of Rational Enterprise Transformation and Tools Development, were also in attendance. The session was conveniently held the day after the big V6R1 Announce, allowing members of the IBM System i AD team to introduce the changes and (quickly) demo some of the new features available in the latest release of our tools. Wendy also gave an insightful overview of IBM’s strategy in this space. Overall, the response was very positive. Some questions about the repackaging which George readily explained, and a lot of excitement over the new features made available through RPG, HATS, and the new RDi line.
As a follow-up, TUG will be hosting their annual TEC conference, Apr 22-24, which will contain over 20 sessions and labs presented by members of the IBM Toronto Lab System i AD Team, that will dig deeper into many of the new features introduced in the announce and at this event. Hope to see everyone there!
- WDS V6R1
- RDi 7.1
- RBD 7.1 (Preview)
- RDi SOA 7.1 (Preview)
- HATS for 5250 Applications 7.1 (Preview)
- and more!
Stay tuned for upcoming posts where developers will introduce you to the new features found in the latest suite of tools for i5/OS developers.
In the meantime, be sure to visit the Announce Site where you’ll find Webcasts, Podcasts, Demos, Tutorials and more!
Hm… time to change this blog’s name.
Ran into this… The System iNetwork site hosts a vBlog (video blog) called iStudio. The blog contains interviews hosted by Bob Cozzi with various IBM System i celebrities like Jim Herring and Elaine Lennox during the last COMMON conference.
Topics include: System i academic initiative, the new entry boxes and user-based pricing, mySQL, and the VIP program.
Also, a follow up to a previous post on the System i Innovation Challenge called Students… Win a Wii or iPod – what better way to attract young minds. Winners of the challenge were announced at the last COMMON where a team from Marywood took the prize by developing a web-based vacation planning tool. Congratulations!
The challenge was deemed successful at raising awareness of the platform and its benefits to students and academic institutions, and at acquiring an application to help attendees reserve time for the 2008 conference. :)
A great article called From Green to Glory authored by WebFacing’s own Jiayun Zhu and Hania Abd-El-Razik highlights what’s new in the latest release of WebFacing and HATS technologies within WDSC 7.0. The article is part of the latest edition of IBM Systems Magazine, i5 edition.
Main highlights include the ability to create Web projects that take full advantage of both technologies to form one UI modernization solution, and the ability to create a Rich Client user interface to your green screen applications through HATS Rich Client support.
You may find yourself saying, “I didn’t know I could do that within i5/OS!”
With Web 2.0 and the advent of wikis, blogs, online games and apps… is it time we reconsider the term Web “Browser”?
Second Life is “3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 5,148,016 people from around the globe”. Predictions estimate the number of users will grow to 25,000,000 by this time next year.
IBM sees a potential in the 3-D internet as “the next platform for global commerce and day-to-day business” and is looking at investing big $ as a result of last years third Innovation Jam, “the largest online brainstorm session ever”. Other big names like Circuit City and Sears have already joined forces with IBM to explore this new world from a business perspective by creating virtual stores and showrooms on IBM owned islands in Second Life.
Want to see what its all about?
Would folks be interested in attending a WDS/WDSC team social event in Second Life? The event would allow you to meet and converse with various members of the team, including authors from this blog, as well as others from the community in a 3-D virtual environment. Or just use this as an opportunity to explore Second Life with others like yourself.
If I see enough interest from this community, I’ll start looking into putting this event together for the near future.