• Subject: RE: No 5250-based applications
  • From: Joel Fritz <JFritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 14:52:51 -0700

We're using a browser based app (bulk e-mail) that we bought, right now.
The name is unimportant.  It's a piece of junk because the database part is
poorly conceived and executed, but the user interface works pretty well.  It
uses an app server (weblogic) and it has the Java Swing look and feel.  End
users call it with the appropriate url and it takes over the browser
completely hiding the browser itself.  It performs fine except for the
database part.  The poor database performance has more to do with the bad
design of the Oracle database that underlies the application than anything
else.  We have an e-mail list that's a bit bigger than their average
customer's. <g>

Looks like proof of concept to me, although it's not a data entry app.  I
think inquiry programs and  "executive" type applications that involve more
button pushing than typing will work well in a browser.  Data entry is hard
to do in any GUI.        

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Taylor [mailto:john.taylor@telusplanet.net]
> Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 1:34 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: No 5250-based applications
> Nathan,
> Thank's for the qualification, but I'm still curious. What type of
> applications are you talking about here? I've yet to see a 
> real data entry
> web-app that compares to what can be done using 5250 or 
> client-server. And
> unless they offer equivalent functionality, it's difficult to make a
> comparison about which technology provides a more productive 
> development
> environment.
> Please understand that I'm not trying to play devil's 
> advocate here. I've
> been wanting to do more in the way of web-interfaces, but I 
> haven't been
> able to justify asking my users to accept an application that 
> offers less
> usability, simply so that I can say we're web enabled. 
> Perhaps I'm too dumb
> to see it, but what is the advantage of a browser interface 
> to an internal
> corporate end-user?
> John Taylor
> Canada
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