Web Development on the IBM/i
This two part series will take the attendee from knowing little or nothing about web-development to rendering data and metrics to SmartPhones with a special emphasis on the iPhone.
The first session will focus on the System/i as a web-server and how to get started using the familiar RPG, DB2 and OS/400.
The second session will focus on the client-side i.e the browser, with particular emphasis on rendering to SmartPhones. A SmartPhone is defined as a phone with a browser such as a Blackberry or an iPhone.
PART I: Programming for the Web on the IBM/i using RPG
In this session the attendee will learn
· How to configure the System/i HTTP Server
· How to set up the CGI program development environment
· How to use the API's that render to the browser.
· The RPG CGI program structure
Additionally, an overview will be given on
· Image files
· Cascading Style Sheets
An example will show how to simply convert 'program-described printer-file' reports to a CGI program that runs in the browser, using an RPG "Special" file.
PART II: 'i to i’, IBM/i to iPhone
In this session the attendee will learn how to render System/i based data and metrics to ‘Smart-Phones’, such as the iPhone and Blackberry. By the use of meta-tags and conditional CSS, minimalist web-pages are rendered to the Smart-Phones that fill the available screen space, but still provide the drill-down capabilities of traditional web-pages.
By this method, executives can monitor their systems and applications from their cell phones without the need to fire-up their laptops or desktops. This delivery mechanism can also be used by corporations to make data readily available to their clients.
The attendee will learn
· Considerations for developing for the smaller canvas
Screen size attributes
Scrolling out the address-bar
· Device Specific Consideration
Conditional Cascading Style Sheets based upon device
Transferring to a device-specific web-page
· Rendering options