The HATS team is excited to announce our very own HATS HotSpot, part of the Rational Cafés. We’re aiming for it to be a place where all HATS and WebFacing users, Business Partners, and developers can share and discuss ideas and experiences. Our own development team will also be blogging there. We’d love to hear from you, so please do come on over and join the community!
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.
You might sometimes need to test a web application on an i5/OS WAS instance. If you find it too much of a hassle to export your project as an EAR or WAR file, upload the file to the remote server, then install the application (and repeat the process again when you make a change!) – or if you just don’t want the overhead of running WAS locally – consider configuring your remote server within the IDE so you can use it just like a test environment.
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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.
HATS V220.127.116.11 is now available.
It includes important fixes, and the following functions have been extended:
- Quick Field exit keypress (avoids round trip to the server for field exit)
- 5250W connection for HATS RCP applications- no OLTP required
- Text filter in HATS project view
- Scrolling by year for calendar widget
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.
As a part of the process for helping our customers to keep up with technologies involves determining which new user interface devices customer applications are able to target. As with any other business, the decisions and resulting offerings imply a long term commitment for both the supplier, and the consumer. As such, an important issue always arises. Should older user interface paradigms that are missing, or have alternatives in the newer user interface paradigm be added to the newer technology, or should they be left behind in the name of progress?
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This week was March Break here in Toronto for most schools. A week where kids (and their parents) take time off to put aside their studies and work, spend quality time together, and wreak havoc across the city’s children attractions.
Besides paying ridiculous money for food and parking, and standing in half hour long lineups for kiddy rides during Spring Fling (above) held at the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome), I also stood in equally long lineups at various stores across the city. I guess the same parents decided to run some errands during the day around town as well. At this point I was contemplating renaming this week “March Broke“.
… don’t worry, there is a System i connection below :), keep reading…