[Dennis Munro wrote:]
I also would like some info on where to start learning what Java can &
cannot do.  I have an 9406-2165 and a 9402-400 that the Java toolbox has
been installed on.  It's on and that is as far as I've gotten in 9+ months.
With a brand new ERP install now somewhat running, I'm hoping I can devote
some time to "learning" what is all on the two machines.  My F35 is a dying
relic and it's being put out to pasture later this year.

Java is something I'm trying to learn but I'm also trying to get into Visual
RPG.  I just would like a guiding hand/foot to point me in the right
direction for Java and what it can do on the 400

Congratulations on getting your ERP "somewhat" running.  That's quite an
accomplishment these days.

As far as Java/400 goes, well, that's what I hope this forum turns out to be.  A
place for people to get started, and a place to learn and share new techniques.
As has been stated, you can always go to my website to get started.  I've got a
page (www.zappie.net/java/javatorium/installi.htm) that will guide you through
downloading all the pieces necessary for Java/400, installing them and testing
them.  I've got a few pages on basic Java programming and more pages on some
specific Java/400 stuff, including my JDB/400 and JBUI packages.  There are some
working programs to download along with source, and I intend to put a lot more
on.  There are links to some good resources as well.

I'd also take a look at Midrange Computing magazine.  MC has been publishing
quite a few Java-related articles (several by yours truly).  An upcoming issue
(June, I think) will have a couple of real life utility programs.  One of them
is entirely AS/400 based; it converts a spooled file to a PDF file using IBM's
toolbox and, of all things, a package originally written for UNIX (yeah, I admit
it, I wrote it, but it was all Don Denoncourt's idea <grin>).  The point is that
we can now take advantage of code written for ANY platform and use it on the
AS/400.  That's the true beauty of Java in my opinion.

Once you get your feet wet, I'd love to use this forum as a place for people to
share their experiences.  I'll make every effort to help, and I'm sure others
will too.

The more we work together, the more we learn.

Joe "Zappie" Pluta
"Where the AS/400 speaks Java with an RPG accent"

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