Just ran across a flyer for product called Alliance XML/400 from Patrick
Townsend & Associates (www.patownsend.com) that says "Translate your AS400
Data to XML and XML to AS400 data automatically" -- "easy-to-use XML to DB2
mapping -- an affordable solution that easily fits your IT budget" ....
etc. Have no experience with it, just saw the flyer and thought I'd pass
Might be something worth looking into ... k
date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:03:54 -0400
subject: RE: PDA device --> BigMagicBox --> AS400 native database file
The DB2 <--> XML tools you are looking for are optional license programs
called DB2 Extenders (5722DEx). There is one name DB2 XML Extender and one
named DB2 Text Extender. I usually see them mentioned together. I think
the come as one maybe or perhaps both are usually needed.
Additionally, there is a XML Toolkit (5733-XT1) you can use to read/write
XML from ILE RPG.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Bale [mailto:dbale@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 5:26 PM
> To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: XML: PDA device --> BigMagicBox --> AS400 native
> database file
> (& v.v.)
> Esteemed listers,
> This is one of those "where ever do I get started" kind of
> question. A
> search on XML turned up 2872 matches in the archives, but I
> was only able to
> review about 100 of them before my mind turned to jello.
> We are investigating handheld wireless devices that will be
> used by our
> field reps. The devices will be used basically for form
> entry to replace
> paper forms that are now used.
> One vendor we are investigating utilizes XML on the device to
> define the
> forms. There is middleware (MW) in the form of a W2K server that
> communicates to the devices and to the AS/400. It is my
> understanding that
> the MW acts as the communications and translation "host".
> The PDA transmits
> XML to the MW, the MW receives it, translates it to
> "something that the
> AS/400 can understand", i.e., CSV, or SQL table, then
> transmits it to the
> I've seen what XML looks like and how it compares (or
> doesn't) to HTML, but
> don't really understand how I can harness (?) it on the
> AS/400. I scan for
> XML at InfoCenter and get 814 hits, so I imagine that there's a lot of
> possibilities. I guess I'm wondering just how much I need the MW for
> translating. Is there a XML-to/from-NativeDB/400 conversion
> tool in the
> operating system?
> FWIW, we are not coding Java.
> How's that for a start?
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