Nathan,

No, I'm giving background like one sometimes need to understand the
environment and what's needed. You know the answer about how the users
see themselves.

Why address the problem with a browser... well besides the fact that
its the way modern applications are built and 5250 emulators are
expensive compared to browers and require extra maintenance support by
on site people, our canned packages are moving off green screen and
going to Web based GUI. So, I need to modernize and follow suite.
I'm not addressing requirements for a small user group, its the entire
user community of the i5.

Dave

Nathan Andelin <nandelin@xxxxxxxxx> 5/31/2007 10:35 >>>
Dave,

Are you asking for technical advise in order to address a human
relations problem. Would the users agree they're spoiled and have way
too many privileges? Why address the problem with a browser interface?
Would they be happier with their current 5250 interface?

It seems to me that the choice of web development architecture isn't
that important when addressing the requirements of just a few
applications serving just a few users. Architectural questions are more
relevant if you're talking about developing say an entire ERP suite that
may potentially serve say thousands of users. Otherwise it seems to me
that most organizations just drift into one tool/interface or another
based on their current skill set and the target platform. In the case
of an i5 platform and RPG language skill set, then the tools mentioned
by Brad Stone seem appropriate. On the other hand, if you're the one
charged with developing the application I don't see any reason to not
continue using .aspx pages.

Nathan M. Andelin



----- Original Message ----
From: Dave Odom <Dave.Odom@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:06:45 PM
Subject: [WEB400] Recommendations of web development architecture/tool
for diverse i5 access...

What architecture/language/tool would you all recommend for developing
an in-house web application that provides the following:

- Menu items that allow users to invoke certain limited i5 commands,
submit specific i5 jobs, invoke specific i5 programs built in REXX and
other languages under a secondary userid with authorities
- Display current and other user's spoolfiles using another userid
with
authorities
- And administrative function that easily allows IS to grant and
revoke
access to specific users to individual menu items built in the web
application.

What I'm trying to do is:

- build a web application that will allow some very spoiled users that
have had WAY to many privileges, access to certain specific
capabilities
without giving them all the special authorities
they've had in the past.
- build it with a language or tool that has robust capabilities but
doesn't take a master to build anything, supports rapid application
development, is flexible enough to grow with the needs of the
business,
doesn't cost a arm and a leg, uses a common language for which there
are
human resources easily available on the market

I've done i5 Web applications in .ASP, HTML, Javascript and can do
this
job with those tools once again but there might be a better mousetrap
out there so thought I'd ask. I have WebSphere and I think its
Developer tools available on the i5.

Thanks in advance for your advice,

Dave Odom











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