Getting Started With WebSphere Development Studio Client
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On May 25, 2001, IBM changed the application development landscape on the AS/400 and iSeries forever and for better! The WebSphere Development Suite for iSeries is the best thing that has happened for the AS/400 community since the System/38 raised the AD productivity bar five- to 10-fold. In one big move, IBM took all of its AD tools and packaged them all together. There are no more AD "haves" and "have-nots." Moreover the AS/400 developer now has integrated client server and Webfacing development tools that focus on the existing strong RPG and COBOL skill sets of the bulk of AS/400 programmers. Will we see a five- to 10-fold increase in client server and Web development? With these tools, we sure should! With the April 2003 release of the second version of WDSc Eclipse, known as Version 5, IBM has proven that the company is committed to the new AD Way for iSeries and AS/400.
Author Brian Kelly has designed this book to be your companion to help you realize the power of these tools. Brian uses a case study approach to show you how you take a simple RPG/400 application and move it through all of the new tools. This book continues the adventure from the Getting Started With WebSphere Developement Studio "Interactive" book, which uses RPG business logic as a starting point for Web development.
RPG programs, developed for an interactive environment are moved through CODE/400 development, to Visual Age RPG, to CGI, to WebFacing. You can easily follow the code as it makes the transition from environment to new environment. By the time you are finished with the book, you will have built Web applications from scratch with the "same" RPG program providing the business logic. "Never before, let alone never in one book set has this been done . . ." Perhaps the best news is that you don't have to learn Java to be successful.
While IBM is making the transition to the WDSc Eclipse WorkBench, this book includes WDSc "how to" Chapters for scratch Web Development and for WebFacing. Additionally, this book also covers the original WDT/400 tools that work well with the earlier editions of WebSphere Server. The picture for learning AD is clear. If you want to learn about the new AD on the AS/400 and iSeries, this book is your ticket to the future.