Here is a starting point, WAS 7.0 for developers, no-charge download

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/ws/wasdevelopers/index.html
(be sure to also download the "Quick Start Guide" PDF on that page).

The IBM developerWorks site is one of the great programming resources,
comparable to Microsoft's MSDN or Oracle's Oracle Technology Network (OTN).
You will find a lot of intro/intermediate/advanced articles about all facets
of WAS at developerWorks.

You can install WAS 7.0 on a Windows (or Linux) PC. The installation /
administration / development experience is practically the same as what you
would have on the IBM i. You can use the JT400 / JTOpen software to connect
from your PC to your i.

If you are using one of the Rational Developer products, you can install the
WebSphere Test Environment (WTE) and invoke a servlet/JSP/JSF app from
within Rational to run in WTE on your PC. This is very handy for debugging
and quick tests.

WebSphere Application Server on the IBM i is practically all a Java story,
very little that is "i" specific about it. It installs almost entirely in
the IFS, uses a subsystem to launch, then runs as a Java process the entire
time it is up. It can be administered via QSH commands, but is much more
easily controlled and configured through its Administration pages. The Admin
pages are well integrated with the IBM i HTTP Server Administration pages.

Craig Pelkie


-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Dean, Robert
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 6:50 PM
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Is there a good Tutorial that is current on Websphere?

As has been amply demonstrated already, you'll find a lot of anti-WAS
bigotry. I don't understand it, personally. WebSphere enables far more
workloads to run on the IBM i and increases the viability of the platform,
just like PHP (which I'm happy to see). It'd be nice if they ported Mono as
well (although I understand IBM's probable reluctance to test whether
Microsoft will stick by its pledge not to enforce patents against Mono).

As far as WebSphere goes, it's very simple to set up and start using (just
make sure you're current on PTFs). WebSphere has enough moving parts to
become complex if you try to use all of its features. If you stick to the
basics, it works as well as anything else. The main drawback is that the
tools that work best for development are chargeable offerings (RAD SE, RAD,
or MyEclipse BLUE).

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From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] on behalf of
Booth Martin [booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 4:40 PM
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Is there a good Tutorial that is current on Websphere?

This response intrigues me. One of the reasons I want to learn more about
Websphere is that I admit to being an IBM bigot. If I don't understand the
platform's capabilities how can I expect others to advocate for the
platform?

On 3/4/2011 3:13 AM, Kevin Turner wrote:
Are you talking about WAS? I am not sure why you would want all that
complexity when there are much simpler ways. Have you looked at CGIDEV2 or
Icebreak for example?

-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Booth Martin
Sent: 04 March 2011 05:40
To: Web Enabling the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: [WEB400] Is there a good Tutorial that is current on Websphere?

Is there a good Tutorial that is current on Websphere?

In looking, I am finding pretty stale information, and it occurs to me
that probably those tutorials are no longer relevant or useful.

I am wanting to build an application that resides on the i, serves
dynamic web pages, and allows me to display the fields in a simple
keyed physical file, and an image (also stored on the i)

I would like to develop the application with Rational Developer for the i.

It occurs to me that I am probably making it all too complicated, and
that I might do well to stop, look, and listen.


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