• Subject: Re: What can be done to enhance the green screen applications?
  • From: boothm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 11:41:19 -0400


James,

There's old, and there's old.   I'm thinking that the dividing line between "current" and "old" now needs another category called "Pre-AS/400".  Supporting Sys/38 and Sys/36 hardware is needed, but it really isn't current technology.  So far as I know, what we would call AS/400-era hardware suppports all of the enhanced functions and that is what I am talking about;  I'm not abandoning the current technology in any way.

I am asking the question "Are we exploiting what we already have, or are we ignoring valuble and useful tools?"



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Booth,

I'm glad to hear that you do not carry the burden of supporting anything
less than current technology.

I'm jealous <g>

BTW, drop down windows and choice programs for the older workstation
controllers is documented in Redbook GG24-3438 (March 1990) "Writing SAA
Applications for AS/400" and even the newer (V3) menu keywords are,
IMHO,  awkward at best.

Personally, I believe that the future is in browser interface and could
care less about enhancements to the 5250 data stream.  If you want to
talk about the future, why bring 5250 enhancements into the
conversation?

I would really like to see the HTTP server moved over to the workstation
controller so that thin clients and PC's have the same "look and feel".
Not to mention offloading CPU cycles to a dedicated processor. The
TN5250e is a good bridge.  But it's just a bridge, not the road.

BTW, I have to ask: has anyone, besides me, been working on a display
DDS to HTML/Javascript conversion utility?


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