It's my contention that Net.data is hard to beat as an easy to use, out of the box (free) system i solution.
There is so much that can be achieved using a Net.data script without ever having to compile custom programs in any language on the server.
But any solution can be made as difficult as you can make it depending on the complexities of the requirements. However, as has been said, the cleaner the design, the easier it is to later migrate any solution to another, particularly if it employs SQL as a major component, as is possible with Net.data. And Net.data can still make calls any of your existing programs if need be.
For very little investment in time, the benefits of attempting simple solutions via Net.data could mean this is not a risky strategy.
As a proponent, I am prepared to develop (for free) some ready to use scripts for any project you wish use as a prototype
providing you supply some concise requirements. Perhaps then you could come to your own conclusion.
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Too expensive when compared to DataQuant; not enough included. Done
"Evan Harris" <spanner@xxxxxxxxxx> 8/8/2008 14:46 >>>
Look at iSeries access for web - it gives you stuff like spool files out of the box.
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I only have to build some simple web pages that have menu items that are invoked by number or button. These menu items will invoke system
commands or programs. The commands would be things like work with
spoolfile where the actual invoking userid would be different than the
user using the web app. This to prevent the user from having
above user privileges when they need to look at spoolfiles created by
another userid that invoked the job creating those spoolfiles.
the programs being invoked would be some REXX, some CL/RPG and DB2 Query
Manger queries. The output from those queries would go to a file
can be accessed via DataQuant, their online query tool or to a spoolfile
with they can look at with the function mentioned first. Something
Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen <thunderaxiom@xxxxxxxxx> 8/7/2008 23:16
Dean, Robert skrev den 08-08-2008 00:52:
I think your best bets are PHP or Java.
On Java, I would suggest JSF (because of similarity to ASP.net --
particularly when using IBM's tool), Grails, or Project Zero/WebSphere sMash. (The last is a new product from IBM that promises rapid development for Java, but it doesn't run on IBM i....actually, come to think of it, it runs PHP, too).
On PHP, I would suggest going with the Zend Framework (free download
It sounds to me as Java+bells and whistles may be overkill if Dave just
need some scripting of an existing solution.
I'd have a look on which scripting possibilities the existing solution
has, and then consider how to invoke them.