Booth,

CGI programming with RPG _IS_ super easy and should be for any programmer.
It's been around for many years (I think my first eRPG book was published
in 1999). Using CGIDEV2, our eRPG SDK or another available kits is a
must(even though I hate to say that)

Don't try to just use the APIs or API wrappers Download one of these
toolkits and you'll see how easy things can be.

The hard part for most is learning HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc. Most of
these are new to RPG programmers only because they're used to doing
business programming. And these technologies seem to be every changing
(for the better) so yes, putting together web applications should be
considered a full time job, just as reporting or subfile programming is.

You are right. It shouldn't be hard. Because it isn't. :)

All any of these solutions do, whether its Perl, PHP, Python, Node, RPG,
etc is spit out dynamic content to a browser. Making it look nice is the
part most RPGers struggle with.

Brad
www.bvstools.com

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 2:43 PM, Booth Martin <booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It sounds like CGI is the only answer that fits my goal of avoiding the
vagaries of the dozen & more specialized solutions.

Already doing CGI on Apache? No, this is an effort on my part to find why
ISeries programmers are so reluctant to give their casual users web-based
solutions where training, experience, and a tether to a workstation is not
essential to getting & giving the data needed to do their job.

So far for me, plowing through each step has been tedious but when I look
back afterwards it really wasn't all that hard. Any willing RPG programmer
can do it. If s/he wants to.

Check back with me in a week or so though; I may have changed my mind
after trying to figure out the cgi-piece of the puzzle.


On 12/20/2016 12:05 PM, Justin Taylor wrote:

It sounds like you want CGI. Are you doing CGI already on Apache?


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