I have gotten great results from bootstrap and vue.js on the client/browser
side, which use the javascript fetch function to call PHP web services,
which in turn call SQL procedures on the ibm i that return result sets to
the PHP, where the PHP converts the result set to JSON and echo the JSON to
the browser. Not as involved as it sounds as the PHP web services are
generic, and the javascript fetch code and sql procedures are
implementations of the same pattern.

The key is bootstrap - which is a great way to make decent looking web
pages. And vue.js which, once you get the hang of it, enables the
programmer to write highly functional SPA web pages.



On Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 11:37 PM <franz9000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Given task to find framework and tools to migrate existing customer service
site (order entry, maintenance, history, payments, 60 different programs,
all dynamic, heavily edited), and apply new UX dashboard design and
functions to auto fit devices (not too much to ask is it?).

This site has been up 21 years, with couple overhauls, built with a $$ tool
(that I like but will not name..), uses Apache cgi interface. Site does not
fit any pattern like a shopping cart, or lookup portal. Half the site is
pages of data entry (names and addresses, long descriptions, code
selections). Already using CSS, jQuery for autocomplete and other
some javascript, some bootstrap. Ready for next overhaul.

Primary business requirements are:

No limits on handling business designs like other platforms ( - a great

Annual software maint no more than low end/open source (current annual
maint 10k). The business thinks this savings will pay for project..

They would prefer it not be a strictly RPG site (concern about
maintainability long term) but not ruling it out - have used cgidev2

Realtime updates to IBM I DB2 like an interactive application.

Customer authentication, and secure.

CSS will be replaced.

Power 9 (small) is staying, but without a solution the website will be
to an external vendor with lots of calls to the system (and customer will

Eventually this solution will be used to replace office applications.

Average 20 - 30 near simultaneous users but must handle several times

Am leaning towards PHP - but have not used since early days of Zend.

Given the annual maint cost limits - is this realistic?


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