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Still Dreaming

We've come a long way with free RPG Web-development tools

We’ve come a long way with free RPG Web-development tools

Back in June 2003, we wrote the first in what became a series of four articles on application modernization for IBM i users (although, of course, it wasn't called "IBM i" back then). Its aim was to investigate some of the options available for those determined to leave the green screen behind. The title of that original article "From Green to Dream" nicely summed up the whole rationale of the series.

The fourth article in the series, "Developing New Applications," covered tools oriented to the development of web-based applications. In the 7-plus years since that piece was written, a lot has happened. So we decided to revisit that part of the RPG Web-development scene.

We immediately faced a problem. So much has happened that there was no way we could cover it all in a single article. From new commercial tools, to the arrival of RPG Open Access and the new tools that sprung from that, a lot has been happening.

What to choose? Well, for many shops the cost of tooling remains a significant barrier to entering the browser world. For that reason, we decided our first stop in revisiting this topic should concern itself with those tools available for free. In this area, the marketplace has changed very significantly since we first reviewed it. At that time, CGIDEV2 was pretty much the only game in town. Things are very different now. However, good old CGIDEV2 not only continues to grow in strength but is the foundation of two of the other tools in the market.

Jon Paris is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.

Susan Gantner is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.



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