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A Jump Start

Imagine accessing your iSeries RPG or COBOL application or updating your distributed database from your PC using an Internet browser. Would your organization be more efficient and effective if employees could enter sales orders, check inventory and query customer information from their browsers? The Lightweight Rapid Application Environment (LightRAE) tool can help you do just that.

LightRAE came about after several iSeries Custom Technology Center (CTC) customers expressed a need for a Web solution somewhere between the "$100 Web page implementation" and customized solutions provided by the CTC, ISVs and numerous business partners. The CTC wanted to provide current and potential iSeries customers a low-cost jump-start to Web- enablement solutions that didn't require any programming. The goal of LightRAE is to increase the use of the iSeries as a Web server, making it easier and less expensive for iSeries owners to play in the Web technology arena. Additionally, LightRAE is designed to increase the iSeries install base by making it more attractive to those who might otherwise consider competitive solutions.

IBMs John Nielsen, a senior software engineer and member of the LightRAE development team, explains, "We needed a tool that could assist our customers who were unfamiliar with Java* and WebSphere*. Something that could give them a working example to jump start their e-business projects. LightRAE accomplishes this by providing wizards geared toward iSeries technologies such as program call, JDBC and validation lists."

What is LightRAE?
LightRAE is a Java Swing GUI application that runs on Windows* clients supporting the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) and Java runtime environment (JRE). The LightRAE package is installed on the PC and works by combining a template Web application with the installation-dependent information gathered by the wizards. The resulting Web application consists of a configuration properties file, HTML, JavaServer Pages (JSPs), servlets, data beans and source files. The HTML and JSPs generated are responsible for the view shown in the browser window, while the servlet, the heart of the application, performs the actual request made by the user. The Web application can be immediately deployed to the standard or advanced edition of WebSphere Application Server (WAS) or any other Web application server.
















Bob Crowley is an active supporter of Web enabling existing AS/400 applications.

Bridget Meyer began her career at IBM in the communications area working on NetBIOS and TCP/IP. For the past two years, Bridget has been architecting and implementing Web applications and working closely with Enterprise Directory solutions.



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