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Re: Event-based actions



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No, it's just bending the rules of the block-mode UI concept that drove business throughout the 70s, 80s and even the 90s, and still survives today. Block mode is very efficient - it allowed remote processing on 1200-baud modem lines; there aren't many web application architectures that could do that today. 5250 isn't particularly good for high-bandwidth glitz but it works just fine for presenting textual data to end users and getting their responses.

Joe


Ha! Thanks, Joe. Pretty slick. I hadn't thought to do this with multiple
formats.

Still feels like using a hammer to drive screws into the wall, though.

Dennis Lovelady
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--
Reality is for those who can't face Science Fiction.


Dennis, here's the IBM book on the issue. Not terribly helpful but it
gives you the basic idea.

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iadthelp/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=
/com.ibm.etools.iseries.langref2.doc/dspfdq.html

The idea is that if the entry on the data queue is *DSPF, then READ the
display file, otherwise do whatever the entry says (which in this
business case would be to upadte the data and WRITE the display file).

Joe

Great to hear it's possible, Jack. Care to elaborate on _how_ one
would post updates to the 5250 screen (barring status messages, which
are too limited to satisfy the need) without flicker, flash, or
disruption to user input? That is a challenge for which I have never
seen a solution with the
(naturally-blocking) 5250 display.

Dennis Lovelady
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dennislovelady
--
"Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I
have in my library are those that other folks have lent me."
-- Anatole France


Not only possible with RPG and 5250- it's been possible since IBM
enabled display files to post status changes to data queues. FWIW, I
believe that feature was introduced on the System 38 from the
research I did supporting an such an application 12 years ago. Said
app was at least 10 years old at that time.

Was an undocumented maintenance nightmare until I used object
auditing to trace through the event chains, but I came to appreciate
it as one of the most elegant designs I've seen implemented on the
platform.







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